Friends in £5,000 Isla fundraiser

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - STU­ART GREER

FUNDRAIS­ERS came to­gether to support a hos­pi­tal which saved a tot born with a dam­aged heart.

Isla Free­man was born with Te­tral­ogy of Fal­lot, a rare and com­plex heart con­di­tion which stops oxy­gen be­ing pumped around the body.

Her par­ents Abi, 28, and Jamie, 31, of New­ton Street, Mac­cles­field, en­dured a roller coaster 15 months as Isla has had to un­dergo two bouts of ma­jor surgery to keep her alive.

The young­ster is now on the mend after surgery at Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Liver­pool and is play­ing hap­pily with her brother Zac, three.

To thank the hos­pi­tal and Ron­ald McDon­ald House, where the fam­ily stayed dur­ing Isla’s re­cov­ery, her par­ents and aunty Carly Phipps or­gan­ised a char­ity ex­hi­bi­tion and auc­tion at The Snow­goose on Sun­der­land Street.

The two events raised almost £5,000.

Carly said: “The two events were fan­tas­tic, a great at­mos­phere, a mass of lo­cal support and peo­ple from all over Eng­land came to support fam­ily and con­trib­u­tors.

“We’ve had such amaz­ing support through it all and are so pleased with our to­tal to date. It’s beyond what we could have ever imag­ined.”

Abi said: “Our stay in Ron­ald McDon­ald House was a god­send. We wouldn’t have been able to cope with­out their support. Since then Isla’s re­cov­ery has been amaz­ing. Her scar is healed and she bounds about like a nor­mal lit­tle girl.”

Pic­tures by Trav­el­ling Si­mon Pho­tog­ra­phy

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