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Baby who had open heart surgery at eight days old approaches first birthday
10:05am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
IT is eleven months since tiny baby Stephen Lundon’s life hung in the balance when he needed open heart surgery at just eight days old.
Now his parents are preparing to celebrate his first birthday by saying a special thank you to the surgeons, doctors and nurses who have helped save him.
Stephen, who has Downs Syndrome, was born with a congenital heart defect and has required five operations.
He has spent a huge part of his short life in Alder Hey Hospital, including four spells in intensive care and five on the high dependency unity.
Mother-of-four Simone Blount, 34, and partner Stephen Lundon from Rainford, plan to celebrate their son’s first birthday in October in style by holding a fundraiser.
She said: “We nearly lost him on several occasions. He was discharged once and we brought his home.
“But he took a turn for the worse so he went back to hospital and as soon as we got there he went blue and stopped breathing.
“On one occasion we had the hospital chaplain to give him blessings. Up to now he has had five operations, but he’s doing really well.
“He may need another operation when he gets older, but long term, things are looking good.
“He’s a very happy boy and is always smiling. But he’s tough and determined to be here.”
Simone is planning a fundraising event on Friday, October 11 at Rainhill Ex-servicemen’s Club on Warrington Road.
Donations can be made at justgiving.com/baby-ste or by texting BSTE99, plus a donation amount, to 70070.
They would also like to hear from anyone who could help with this event, particularly children’s entertainers to contact email@example.com.
You can also use this email address to buy tickets for the fundraiser, which cost £5.
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