Our daughter, Pearle, has been a patient at Birmingham Children’s Hospital since she was born at just 29 weeks old. When she was born, she needed a pacemaker fitted for third-degree (complete) congenital heart block. We were told two days after her external pacemaker was fitted her kidneys were not functioning and we were prepared for the worst case scenario but she fought so bravely and survived against all the odds – they saved her life and I’m forever indebted to the Children’s Hospital and the Cardiology Team for all their work.

Pearle will always need a pacemaker, which sadly means more procedures and operations. Just a few months ago in September 2017, Pearle underwent open heart surgery for an unexpected pacemaker change and this prevented her starting school until six weeks after everyone else.

She has been through so much and is described as a ‘miracle’ - and she truly is, she is now at school, doing really well and is a happy, loving and very determined little girl. We are so proud of her, she has overcome so much at such a young age and she’s even in a worldwide medical journal for research as she is one of the smallest babies to have ever had a pacemaker fitted. She has made quite a reputation for herself at the hospital too, as she likes to keep us all on our toes even beating fetal hydrops and an under active thyroid when she was born prematurely.

After spending time at the Children’s during Pearle's admissions, we have seen such amazing care from the staff and just how much goes into helping sick children; it’s certainly opened my eyes and I want to raise as much money for this incredible amazing hospital where they truly save lives.

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Emily and Maxine training for Snowdon.