A courageous Chorley mum whose baby was born with half a working heart is raising money for a health charity.
Emma Dargie, 31, of Whittle-le-Woods, is taking on the Bupa Great Yorkshire run next Sunday in Sheffield.
The mother-of-one is raising money for the charity Heartline UK, in honour of her baby boy Thomas Farrow, who only has half a working heart.
Emma first discovered Thomas had problems with his heart at a 20-week scan. It revealed a hole, along with transposition of the main arteries.
And just hours after the birth, doctors realised Thomas required surgery.
Emma said: “Thomas was born in Preston and, after 15 hours, he was transferred up to Alder Hey Hospital to have further tests on his heart.
“After the tests came through, Thomas needed surgery to put a second hole in his heart to help the blood pump into all the right areas of his body.”
Thomas, now aged 22 months, returned home after one week in hospital, but returned when he was three months old and then six months for further operations.
Emma added: “He needed a pulmonary artery banding as the pressure was quite high in his lungs. The next operation was at six months and he had the banding removed, and then he had a procedure to help the blood pump around his body much easier than it was.”
Nervous ahead of Sunday’s run, Emma chose Heartline for all the support they gave her at Alder Hey.
She added: “Heartline were the first to help, and they have been excellent. I’ve raised £182 so far, but hopefully I can raise more.”
To make a donation you can text EMAD82 £ (amount you wish to donate) to 70070.