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Baby Harris life saving open heart surgery

Cause page created in the Health category by Taylor Barclay for Claudia Harris


$2,135 donated
Given by 38 generous donors in 11 weeks
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Lets support Claudia and Ken Harris as they prepare for the arrival of their first baby and under go lifesaving open heart surgery.

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  Auckland

On the 1st of February 2020 Claudia and Ken got the exciting news that they are pregnant and expecting their first baby together. Due date is October 6th 2020 and they are excited to be expecting a girl as well !

Unfortunately, at their 20 week scan Claudia and Ken received the devastating news that their baby girl has a congenital heart defect known as Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA). In a simple explanation, the two arteries that carry blood from the heart to the lungs and body aren't connected as they should be they are reversed. Luckily, there is a surgical correction that can realign the correct arteries to the correct place which has a relatively high success rate but is still a major operation on a week old new born baby.

The surgery takes 12 hours from start to finish, during the surgery the heart is stopped and placed onto a heart-lung machine which injects oxygen into the blood and is delivering the blood to the body and brain. During this time when the heart is stopped, is when the surgeon repairs the defect by correcting the arteries.

Before and after the surgery Claudia, Ken and their new born baby girl will be spending an extended amount of time in Auckland Hospital NICU/PICU while their baby recovers and is monitored.

Throughout this there will be ongoing costs - medical appointments, travel and accommodation. Claudia and Ken will both need to take time off work so any financial support we can give will help to ease the burden. Ken will be having the first 5 weeks off work to be with Claudia and their baby at the hospital.

No first time parents should have to go through such a stressful and upsetting time and these guys need all the love and support we can give them over the coming months. Please donate and share - spread the word so together we can help to make things a little bit easier for Claudia and Ken.

For more about TGA head over to this link https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=transposition-of-the-great-arteries-tga-90-P01823

Taylor Barclay's involvement (page creator)

Claudia & Ken are good friends of mine and I would like to spread awareness and help them in their time of need

Use of funds

Funds will help cover bills, rent while they are in the hospital, travel, food expenses & parking at the hospital, will help with some follow up appointments that aren't funded. Any left over money that is unused will be donated to the child heart foundation.


Latest donations

Paul
Paul 6 days ago
$100
Titiimaea Dux
Titiimaea Dux 6 days ago
Wishing both of you and baby the best of health from me and partner.
$100
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 15 Sep 2020
My love goes to Claudia, Ken and their beautiful girl. I will be thinking of you.
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Kirsten
Kirsten on 28 Jul 2020
I wish you all the very best xx
$20
Tania
Tania on 28 Jul 2020
All the very best Claudia and Ken with your little girl xx
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This page was created on 1 Jul 2020 and closes on 1 Jul 2021.
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