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Kidderminster parents running for hospital that cared for ill son
6:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in Local
TWO Kidderminster parents whose toddler son had open heart surgery will be putting on their running shoes for the hospital that cared for him.
Fay, 26, and Richard Jones, 29, will be tackling next month’s Great Birmingham Run in aid of the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at the city’s children’s hospital.
Their two-year-old son Oscar was referred to the hospital when he was diagnosed with congenital heart defect Tetralogy of Fallot, at just six-weeks old.
Then, aged just 11 months, the tot hadopen heart surgery where doctors repaired a hole in the organ and widened an artery.
Little Oscar was on a life support machine in the hospital’s intensive care unit for five days after the operation but eventually pulled through.
His parents were so inspired by the care that he received in the intensive care unit that they have decided to take on the 13.1 mile challenge.
They will be joined by Oscar’s godfather Adam Juden and their daughters Maddie, 6, and Aylah, 3, who will be running the 1. 5km mini event, which is being held for the first time this year for children aged three to eight.
Mrs Jones said: “Having a surgeon tell you that your son may die is something no parent should ever have to hear but the staff in the hospital’s intensive care unit were our saviours.
“They were there every step of the way, always there to answer our questions or lend a listening ear. They were all brilliant and I think the hospital is fantastic.
“Oscar has just turned two and is now walking and talking – he’s perfect. We hope that by doing the run we can raise plenty of money for the hospital as our way of saying thank you.”
Vikki Savery, the hospital’s public fund-raising manager, added: “We are very thankful to the Jones family for taking part in the run to raise money for us and are delighted to hear that Oscar is doing so well.”
People can sponsor Mr and Mrs Jones for the race on Sunday, October 20 at justgiving.com/ Fay-Jones1.
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