A seven-year-old girl who doctors warned would not reach her first birthday without ‘dangerous’ open heart surgery is fighting a new campaign to raise thousands for the British Heart Foundation.
Lucy Bluett and her family visited the Bury St Edmunds branch on Saturday to pledge their support for the new ‘Bag It. Beat It.’ campaign.
She is giving back to the charity which has been a lifeline after she was born with a heart condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot, which starves the blood of oxygen and doctors said she would die if she didn’t have surgery before she was one.
The condition was spotted because Lucy had two holes in her heart causing a large murmur.
Her mum Amanda Prentice said: “Finding out that, without major heart surgery, your child will not live to see their first birthday is the single most horrific thing. She had her first surgery, which lasted three and a half hours, when she was nine months old.
“Her surgeon, Professor David Anderson, is the closest thing to a god I’ve ever come across.”
“The current research and equipment funded by British Heart Foundations helped Lucy to pull through her horrific operations.”
She said Lucy has endured intensive treatment for her fatiguing condition but has a real fighting spirit.
“As Lucy’s body grows bigger, her heart has to work harder - she could have to have open heart surgery again in the future.
“I am so glad that it was not too late for Lucy. We will battle to save other children’s lives.”
Throughout the campaign in September, British Heart Foundation shops are urging people to donate bags of unwanted items such as toys, CDS and handbags to their local branch.