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Young Ruby shows real character in her recovery with the help of heart charity CHSF

by | FAMILY talk

At just 6 weeks old, Ruby’s family were shocked to discover that she had coarctation of the aorta and needed urgent open heart surgery. At the present time, 10-year-old Ruby is recovering in the Leeds Children’s Hospital due to various complications from her latest open heart surgery and has endured over 5 months as an inpatient.
Ruby and her family have been helped all the way through their traumatic journey by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF)

Over the years Ruby has shown some real grit and determination in her fight to get well. Her huge character has made her a real favourite among staff and visitors.

Ruby’s mum Danielle said about CHSF:

“CHSF have helped in so many ways. They provided us with a room when I was unable to stay with Ruby, and financial support after 28 days in the hospital.”

Facilities on the Ward like the interactive TV funded by CHSF massively help the children take their mind off being ill and the emotional support provided really makes a difference to the whole family. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Ruby and her mum have really got involved in raising awareness for congenital heart disease (CHD) and the Heart Unit over the months she has been in the hospital. 

Ruby met world champion boxer Josh Warrington in September last year, who visited the Ward to give a donation to CHSF (See main picture).

He promised her he would do “the Floss” dance live on TV after his televised fight with Carl Frampton in December. See the Leeds Live news article here

Ruby was also a mascot for Leeds UtdCHSF’s charity for the season at a special match on December 11th. See Leeds United’s article here.

She was treated to a magical flight in search of Santa by Jet2 in December. Watch the news video here.

Ruby also featured on Look North at the end of the year. Ruby has received cards and presents from all around the world due to her long time on the ward.

She is doing a special walk across the Leeds General Infirmary on Wear Red Day itself, to give CHSF further publicity on the big day.

CHSF are keen for local businesses and schools to join in with Wear Red Day too, and past supporters of the event are keen to take part once more.

Lisa Lloyd, Account Manager at Leeds-based creative agency FDP said:

“FDP has the greatest pride to be a sponsor of the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund because we believe their work is crucial and also one of the noblest ones. It strengthens our own company values and sets the bar of the importance of generosity to our community.”

Nearly 1% of all UK babies are born with a congenital heart defect, and money received by CHSF goes onto support the vast majority of these cases across our region.

As the treatment for CHD has improved over the 30 years CHSF has been a charity, the prognosis for most of these babies is good, and both the Unit and charity support them into childhood and teenage years – like Ruby – as many need further operations and procedures.

Additional information:

To find out more about CHSF, Wear Red Day and get involved, visit chsf.org.uk

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