The mother of a three-year-old girl who died following a heart operation has already raised more than £2,000 for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at the Freeman in Newcastle.
Wallsend youngster Hollie Garrity was diagnosed with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (CCTGA), a rare condition which means blood flow doesn’t happen as it should, and she had her first operation when she was just eight days old.
She went into hospital for a major operation and although she had to be put on an ECMO machine because she had suffered heart failure and it needed to be kept going, doctors told the family that she was progressing well.
But last Thursday morning, Hollie’s mum Kirsty Stubbs, dad Dean Garrity and nana Alison Hill were told that she had suffered a serious bleed on the brain.
Hollie died later that day.
Kirsty said: “You wouldn’t know that she had a heart condition because she loved singing and dancing and was always laughing.
“The doctors did all they could, but there was nothing more they could do. I cuddled in with Hollie as they turned the machine off.”
The 29-year-old wanted to give something back and the following day, she started an online fund-raising page for CHUF.
The total so far is in excess of £2,200.
CHUF’s mission is to make life better for children and young people who are born with or develop heart conditions by providing lifelong support to them and their families.
This is achieved by supporting the children and families who receive treatment by the Children’s Heart Unit staff based at the Freeman and raising vital funds for large and small pieces of equipment, facilities, aftercare, salaries and research.
Kirsty said: “The response has been amazing and it’s fantastic that so much has been raised in just a few days.
“The team at CHUF provide a great personal touch to the families and we had many visits from them. They have given us a keepsake memory box that included locks of her hair and books and teddies for the family, which has given some comfort to Hollie’s seven-year-old brother, Charlie.
“Hopefully, we’ll raise a good total amount for this important service.”
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kirsty-stubbs