Little Sheffield lad Louis’ year of joy after operation

Louis Brocklebank, aged one.
Louis Brocklebank, aged one.
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A FAMILY from Sheffield are celebrating the first anniversary of an operation which saved the life of their baby son.

To mark the milestone, they are holding a fundraising event for Yorkshire’s only children’s heart unit, which is threatened with closure.

Fifteen-month-old Louis Brocklebank was born a happy, loving baby who would not stop smiling.

His parents Amy, 25 and dad Jonathan, 29, from Stannington, were thrilled at the birth of their son.

But soon they became concerned when Louis started losing weight and sleeping for 23 hours a day.

Eventually, when he was 10 weeks old, doctors at Sheffield Children’s Hospital realised he had two holes in his heart.

At 14 weeks old, on June 27 last year, Louis underwent open heart surgery at the Leeds heart unit, the only specialist service of its kind in the region.

Amy said: “They fixed one of the holes in his heart and he improved immediately.

“Leeds was fantastic - the care was wonderful.

“It’s now a year on and we want to give something back, and thank the hospital for saving Louis’ life.”

Amy, who works as a care support worker and is also mum to Jody, four, will have to go all the way to Newcastle if the Leeds unit is closed.

A decision on the closure will be made on July 4.

The fundraiser for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund will include children’s games, a raffle, music and a mini-disco, and takes place at Burton Street Foundation, Hillsborough, on Wednesday, June 27 from 5.30pm.