TWO NURSERIES have raised £1,300 for a little girl whose heart can’t pump properly and who needs round-the-clock care.
Children’s nurseries Bluebell Hill, in Eastbourne, and Bluebell Barn, Stone Cross, held two fundraisers for the family of 16-month-old Freya Smith, who lives in Priory Road with her parents Nicola, who used to work at the nursery, and Adam.
Freya was born 10 weeks early and weighed just 3lbs 5oz when she was delivered with twin sister Poppy. Doctors discovered both had heart murmurs but Freya did not respond to treatment as well as her sibling.
At just 22-days-old she was due to undergo the trauma of open heart surgery, but fortunately her condition improved temporarily and the operation was cancelled.
But within days, Freya’s health deteriorated and she was struggling to breathe. Her condition was so poor her parents couldn’t hold her or even touch her.
A paediatric cardiologist from London diagnosed dilated cardiomyopathy, an extremely serious heart condition which weakens the heart and stops it from pumping blood efficiently. Little Freya is on medication and has had numerous stays in hospital.
At the fundraising day activities included a barbecue, a bouncy castle, raffle, games and face painting. The money will go to Freya’s Fund, a campaign to buy an apnoea alarm the family has been saving for.
Vicki Austin at Bluebell Barn said, “I thank staff, nursery friends and families that donated raffle prizes and made cakes.”