Fight to save heart unit is carrying on

Sienna Singleton, 4, with mum Kerry Singleton. Picture: Michael Ford

Sienna Singleton, 4, with mum Kerry Singleton. Picture: Michael Ford

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A MUM whose daughter had life-saving heart surgery at a children’s unit is urging people to fill in surveys in a bid to stop the facility from closing.

Kerry Singleton and her fellow campaigners have now collected 250,000 signatures on petitions against the closure of the children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

Kerry, 31, of Shildon Grove, Moorends, said: “We’re half way there with the signatures. We’re aiming for 500,000 but at the minute it’s vital that we get people to fill in the Safe and Sustainable Survey forms to give the campaign a boost.”

Kerry’s daughter Sienna was only six weeks old when doctors found her heart valves were the wrong way round, she had an undeveloped pumping chamber and a hole in her heart.

Sienna underwent six hours of open heart surgery and a 16-hour operation in Leeds and still goes to the unit for regular checkups.

The NHS review means 11 children’s heart units in England will be reduced to six or seven. Contact Kerry on 07827 961 919 to fill in a survey. Visit www.chsf.org.uk to sign the petition.