I’ve briefly mentioned in previous pregnancy-related posts about consultant appointments to check Peppercorn’s heart. Due to a family history of heart defects, this was also the case with Busby too. Busby was absolutely fine, and following our 20 week scan earlier this week, it’s looking likely that Peppercorn will follow in his sister’s footsteps and be equally well. But we have to be hyper-aware, just in case.
This Friday 7th February 2015 sees the start of Heart Week for baby heart charity – Tiny Tickers. Heart Week is a chance to join together to help babies born with congenital heart defects (CHD) by raising vital funds.
Did you know? As many as 1 in every 125 babies in the UK has a congenital heart defect. Only one third of major heart defects are spotted during pregnancy, and another third are picked up in standard newborn hospital tests.
Terrifyingly, that means around 1,000 newborns are sent home from hospital every year in the UK with no one realising they are suffering a life-threatening condition.
Tiny Tickers is a small national charity that aims to improve the detection, care and treatment of congenital heart disease (CHD) in babies. Tiny Tickers provides specialist training to health professionals and sonographers so they are better equipped to identify a heart defect during a pregnancy scan. We support parents and families dealing with a diagnosis, and we raise awareness of heart defects in babies so that parents know what signs to look out for.
When CHD is detected during pregnancy, babies get treatment from the first possible moment – and early detection is shown to greatly improve their chance of survival and long-term quality of life, and lowers the risk of side-effects of heart failure such as brain damage.
Robbie’s story shows why early detection of heart defects is vital, and why Tiny Tickers are working tirelessly to educate health professionals and save lives.
Tiny Tickers have lots of ideas for what you can do to raise vital funds – from dress down days, to the Tiny Tickers’ & Love Hearts ‘Guess How Many Sweets in the Jar’ game. The Tiny Tickers Heart Week 2015 toolkit has everything you need to get you started and remember – every penny counts so anything you can raise will be gratefully received.
By taking part in Heart Week, you will be playing a vital role in this work; Tiny Tickers are very small charity so the impact you can make is huge.
To get your free Heart Week pack, including your Love Hearts ‘Guess the Number of Sweets’ game, register here now!
To find out more about Tiny Tickers and the work they do, please visit the Tiny Tickers website.