Campaigners continue fight to keep heart unit operating

A MOORENDS mum who credits a children’s heart surgery unit with saving her daughter’s life is stepping up her fight to keep it open.

Kerry Singleton is among 22,279 people who have signed a petition to save the children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds General infirmary after an NHS review put it at risk.

And now the determined mum, whose four-year-old daughter Sienna has received life-saving treatment at the unit, has organise a public meeting in Doncaster in a bid to boost the campaign.

Kerry, 31, of Shildon Grove, Moorends, is encouraging people to attend the meeting on April 30 to show their support.

Kerry said: “I’m really pleased with the way the campaign is going we have support from the public and also a lot of MPs but we need people to come along to the public meeting and sign the petition.

“Without the unit at Leeds Siennna would not be here today, it is a matter of life or death.”

Sienna was just six weeks old when doctors discovered she had valves the wrong way round, an under-developed pumping chamber and a large hole in her heart.

In 2008 the determined youngster underwent six hours of open heart surgery, followed by a 16-hour operation by specialists in Leeds which she had a one in four chance of survival.

She still attends regular checkups at the unit.

As a result of the NHS review the number of units performing children’s heart surgery in England will be cut from 11 to six or seven.

A public consultation is currently underway ahead of a final decision due to be made later this year.

The public meeting in Doncaster takes place on April 30 at The Earl of Doncaster from 11am to 1pm. To sign the petition visit http://www.thepetitionsite.com/6/help-to-saveward-10-childrens-cardiac-lgi/http://apps.facebook.com/petitions/6/help-to-save-ward-10-childrens-cardiac-lgi/