Heart op girl’s joy as surgery back on

7 year old Sienna Singleton. who is waiting for a heart operation at St. James's Hospital in Leeds, pictured with her Mum Kerry
7 year old Sienna Singleton. who is waiting for a heart operation at St. James's Hospital in Leeds, pictured with her Mum Kerry
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A DONCASTER mum whose daughter is due to undergo heart surgery in the next few weeks has spoken of her delight at surgery restarting in Leeds.

Seven-year-old Sienna Singleton has complex heart defects and has undergone two operations since she was born.

But a third operation to correct the single ventricle condition she suffers from – where patients have only one pumping heart chamber as opposed to two – was put on hold after children’s heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary was suspended.

The suspension came after Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, said data showed mortality figures at the unit were higher than expected.

Mum Kerry Singleton, of Sheldon Grove, Moorends, said she was delighted the unit was given the go-ahead by the NHS to start surgery again early this week.

But she is angry that her family was put through the worry of fearing Sienna’s surgery could have been affected.

She said: “We are over the moon - it is fantastic that the operations have started again, but it never should have been closed in the first place.

“Sienna is due to have her operation there in a couple of weeks and she is very close to the top of the waiting list.

“Mad though it may sound, she is really looking forward to going in for her operation. She really likes the staff at the unit.

“I think an investigation needs to look at why the operations were stopped last week. It was a big worry for us at a time when we were already worried.

“I think they scared people for no reason.”

Sienna underwent nine hours of open heart surgery when she was just six weeks old.

A second operation was then performed at the Leeds unit in 2008.

The operation Sienna will undergo in the next few weeks will try and correct the problems caused by only having one pumping heart chamber.