Mum’s plea to health bosses not to close heart unit that saved child

Sienna Singleton, who has a rare heart condition, with mum Kerry.
Sienna Singleton, who has a rare heart condition, with mum Kerry.
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LOVING Doncaster mum Kerry Singleton has told how doctors saved her young daughter’s life four years ago after she was born with a heart condition.

Surgeons at the children’s heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary carried out an operation when daughter Sienna, now four, was a baby after discovering her heart valves were the wrong way round.

They also discovered an under-developed pumping chamber and a large hole in her heart, leading to the surgery which Kerry credits with saving Sienna’s life when she was just six weeks old.

Kerry is among 11,600 people who have signed a petition to save the children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds after an NHS review put the unit at risk.

Sienna underwent six hours of open heart surgery, followed by a further 16-hour operation by specialists. The op was so tricky Sienna had just a one in four chance.

She still attends regular check-ups at the unit.

Kerry, aged 31, of Shildon Grove, Moorends, said: “Without the unit at Leeds, Sienna would not be here today. It is a matter of life or death.

“If we had been forced to travel further than Leeds she wouldn’t have survived.

“I can’t believe they are even contemplating closing it. Millions of people rely on that unit. I intend to do everything possible to fight this - and a lot of other families feel exactly the same.”

Log onto www.thepetitionsite.com/6/help-to-save-ward-10-childrens-cardiac-lgi/ to sign an online petition which Kerry is backing against the closure of the Leeds heart centre.