Doncaster girl in need of complex surgery

7 year old Sienna Singleton
7 year old Sienna Singleton
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A YOUNG South Yorkshire schoolgirl faces an anxious wait for heart surgery after operations at the hospital she was due to attend were suspended.

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

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

The unit was controversially shut after Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, said data showed mortality figures were higher than expected.

Sienna’s worried mum Kerry Singleton, of Sheldon Grove, Moorends, Doncaster, said she would be ‘demanding answers’ from those involved.

She said: “It is a total disgrace.

“I have not slept at all and take such drastic action with no contact with myself or others is disgusting.

“Sienna loves the infirmary, she feels safe in there was looking forward to going in and having the surgery soon.

“But she cried when I told her what had happened. She met One Direction backstage last week and was so happy.

“Now, she doesn’t want to go anywhere else and she’s scared of what’s going to happen.”

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

A second operation was then performed at Leeds in 2008.

Mum-of-three Kerry, aged 33, said: “Sienna has complex issues with her heart. She’s known as a single ventricle heart child, which means she has one pumping chamber as opposed to two.

“Her valves are also twisted, and she’s life limited as of today’s technology.

“This upcoming operation will try and correct the complex issues. We’re hoping it would have been the last operation for some years.

“She was due back in for the operation imminently but now we don’t know what’s next.”

The decision to suspend surgery at LGI came a day after a high court judge ruled it could carry on performing such operations.

The Leeds unit had been earmarked for closure by an NHS review, in order to concentrate children’s heart surgery at fewer, bigger centres, but the judge quashed the decision to shut it down.

Sienna’s parents Kerry and Pete, 44, are now left wondering where she will be treated.

Kerry said: “The decision to keep the infirmary open last week was fantastic but this is a big bombshell.

“All of us are so upset and myself and Pete are trying not to worry the boys and Sienna.

“We don’t want to travel all the way to Newcastle or Liverpool, even when we thought about America, there was no way Sienna was going anywhere else.”