A grateful family whose son was saved by complex heart surgery have raised funds in recognition of his treatment.
George Whittingham, four, who lives in Whittingham, near Preston, was only a few months olds when it was discovered he had serious heart problems and needed major surgery.
The operation would have been too risky when George was so tiny, so surgeons fitted him with a medical device which acted as a band around the artery and expanded like a rubber band and was controlled by a remote control.
This device kept George alive until he was big enough to have the surgery and he has now had the major operation and is recovering well.
His parents Laura and Tim say they are very grateful for all the support they received during the traumatic time and they have raised £6,500 of funds and want to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation.
Mum Laura said: “Congenital heart defects affect one in 125 children but George’s condition and many others are not picked up until five months and sometimes much older.
“However, a simple SATS monitor placed on the baby’s finger at birth would detect most heart defects and survival rates would increase.
“George had a blood transfusion during surgery and we would like to raise awareness of how important blood donation is.
“Organ donation is also critical for many children and adults with both heart and other defects and diseases.
“Many children and adults die waiting for a transplant and we know several heart families whose children have benefited from a heart transplant. We raised £6,500 for the Ronald Macdonald House in Liverpool and the cardiac surgical fund and aim to raise more.”