The mother of a baby who died during an operation to fix a heart defect is to complete a charity skydive to help keep his memory alive.
Kier-Rhys Roberts was 20-months-old when he underwent heart surgery at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London. Doctors had hoped the procedure would repair Kier-Rhys’s supravalvular aortic stenosis – a narrowing of the aorta – which can result in heart failure, but he died during the operation on December 11, 2014.
“They were trying to put in a fake valve to widen the aorta which carries blood from the heart to the body,” said Kier-Rhys’s mum Cara Doherty, from School Lane, in Bardwell.
“It was very unexpected that he passed away, as doctors said there was only a slim chance he would not make it.”
To mark what would have been Kier-Rhys’s third birthday on April 9, Miss Doherty and 23 family and friends are taking part in a tandem skydive in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
“My Dad and brother are doing it, Kier-Rhys’s grandad and lots of close friends,” said Miss Doherty, 25.
“Last year on his birthday we had a barbecue and now we are doing the skydive for charity.
“I want to keep his memory alive and do something each year, as it is still his birthday and he is still my son.”
Miss Doherty will be completing her skydive at Beccles Airfield and will be cheered on by her daughter, Lexi Mansfield, seven.
To sponsor Miss Doherty visit www.justgiving.co/Cara- doherty.