South Tyneside fundraisers to make splash for brave Charlie

DIP EFFORT ... Charlie Haynes with parents Abi and John, also sister Daisy, raising money for the Children's Heart Unit Fund.

DIP EFFORT ... Charlie Haynes with parents Abi and John, also sister Daisy, raising money for the Children's Heart Unit Fund.

A BRAVE little boy who has battled his way through two open heart operations will need further surgery.

Charlie Haynes’ parents have been told by medics he will need further medical help if he is to overcome a range of heart complications, discovered just months after he was born.

The family of the two-year-old, who has been poorly with problems with his oesophagus, now have an anxious wait until he regains his strength before undergoing surgery.

Earlier this year, his parents Abi Haynes, 26, and John Marnie, hosted a fundraising event to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit Foundation to say thank you for their help and support during Charlie’s hospital stays.

Now, despite smashing their £1,000 target, Abi and John, along with Charlie’s godmother Joanna Stephenson, her daughter Mia-Rea Stephenson, Charlie’s uncle Jason Haynes and friend Kylie Ford, are preparing to hit the freezing waters of the North Sea, by taking part in a Boxing Day dip to raise even more cash for the charity.

Ms Haynes, of Leafield Crescent, Marsden, South Shields, said: “We finally managed to have Charlie’s heart check-up and there are still some underlying issues with his heart.

“His consultant is confident he will need more surgery.

“Charlie has been quite poorly recently with his other medical issues so they want to make sure he is healthy enough before even considering more surgery.

“We had a great time at the fundraising event and people were so kind.

“We surpassed our £1,000 target, so we have decided to do the Boxing Day Dip to end the year.”

Since he was two months old, Charlie has been in and out of hospital.

His first operation was to treat a hole in his heart, but believing they were over the worst, his family 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.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to sponsor the family in aid of the Children’s Heart Unit Foundation, which raised money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Children’s Heart Unit, based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, can visit http://www.justgiving.com/Charlie4chufdip

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