A BRAVE little boy who has already survived two open heart operations faces an anxious wait to see if he will need further surgery.
Charlie Haynes has spent large parts of his short life in hospital, after the two-year-old was found to have heart complications just months after he was born.
As his parents, Abi Haynes, 26, and John Marnie, 28, of Leafield Crescent, Marsden, wait to hear if their son will need a further operation, they praised his bravery.
Playing with younger sister Daisy and a toy car, Charlie is like any other toddler. However, in his short life he has already undergone the two major procedures and is now battling problems with his oesophagus, for which he is being treated at Leeds General Hospital.
Ms Haynes said: “It’s strange watching your child go through all this. There is so much to organise like who’s going to be at the hospital? Who will look after Daisy?
“I remember Charlie’s first operation.
“It didn’t sink in until after it was all over.
“I remember sitting next to him after he came out of surgery and just bursting into tears.
“There are a lot of things that can go wrong and you have to sign a consent form. What made it worse was that we weren’t sure what was going to happen, as the surgeons themselves didn’t know until they actually operated on him.
“It wasn’t until afterwards, when I knew he was OK, that I allowed myself to show any emotion.”
As a two-month-old, Charlie underwent surgery to treat a hole in the heart.
Believing they were over the worst, they were left devastated when – at one-and-a-half years old – his health started to deteriorate.
He was rushed back to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, where it was discovered one of the arteries to his heart was blocked.
Doctors were left no choice but to operate again, and the youngster went in for his second open heart surgery in July.
“While he quickly recovered from his first operation, he wasn’t quite so lucky with his second.
Ms Haynes added: “When he came round from his second operation, he wasn’t well at all.
“Not long after we left hospital, it was found he was suffering from a stomach ulcer and problems with his oesophagus,
“The staff at the children’s heart unit are amazing people and this is why I have started to raise funds for the unit by holding an event tomorrow.
“It’s our way of saying thank you for saving my son’s life.
“I’ve already held a quiz night and I’m doing a sponsored slim.
“I hope as many people as possible will come out and support us in our fundraising.”