Friday, 4 March 2011


This is Amelie - Amelie is the daughter of my friend Lois and they need our help!

Yorkshire's Children's Heart Surgery Unit, based at Leeds General Infirmary, is under threat of being closed because of a NHS review of such services, across the country. The unit covers a regional population of 5.5 million people with 10,000 children passing through it every year. Amelie is one of those children.

In Lois' own words...
" is hard enough living a 'normal' life with a child with a Congenital Heart Defect without the added worry of will she make it the distance to the hospital, nevermind survive the surgery... Leeds Paediatric Cardiac Surgery closing is unthinkable but apparently this review thinks it to be an option and most likely the final decision."

If the unit closes, the closest alternative options are Liverpool and Newscastle...many hours drive over & above the already nerve-racking drive to Leeds for seriously ill children. They need your signatures on the petition that could potentially save the unit, aswell as the lives of many, many children.

this is the link for the petition SAVE CHILDRENS CARDIAC SURGERY @ LEEDS GENERAL

if you are in any doubt about signing this petition, watch this video -

Back to Lois "I know that this issue may never or has never affected you but please sign this online petition to save Leeds Children's Heart Surgery. Amelie would have died... twice if it wasn't for Leeds and has had three lots of emergency open heart surgery and needs more and will need care for the rest of her life... please, please sign this petition!"

"unthinkable" is the word I take from this - let's help make it so that parent's with so much else to worry about, need not have the closure of their life-line to think about.

thank you!

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