The family of a little boy who had a life-saving operation are roller-blading from Leeds to York to raise money for a children’s heart surgery fund.
One-year-old Benjamin Doyle was born with a heart condition that required him to have surgery when he was just six days old.
He has had two operations on his heart and needed medication every three hours for five months.
Now, as a special thank you to staff at the Leeds General Infirmary, parents Jessica Hamilton, from Leeds, and Jonathan Doyle, from Sowerby Bridge, are donning their roller blades in aid of the hospital’s children’s heart surgery unit.
Jessica said: “I knew from the first time the surgeon Mr Congiu came to see us Benjamin would be in the safest hands possible. It was like he had been sent form heaven.”
“Saying thank you isn’t enough for all the support they gave us at the hospital.
“It was my twin brother’s idea and there’ll be about 20 of our family and friends doing it too. But I haven’t been roller blading in 15 years so we’ve all been training regularly.
“We set out to raise £1,000 but we’ve already reached £1,900 so we’re hoping to have £3,000 by the time we do it.”
Jessica says Benjamin is now doing much better.
“He’s still got a lot of complications but he’s as healthy as he’ll ever be now,” she says.
“He’s our little miracle. H’e a little monkey, a really cheeky chappie.
“He melts the heart of anybody who meets him, especially when they know what he’s been through.”
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