Sally McPhail


British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation is the nation's heart charity. Every day they save lives, through pioneering research, providing vital information to help people reduce their own heart health risks, campaigning for change and supporting and caring for heart patients. Charity Registration No 225971

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I was born with tetralogy of fallot. What is tetralogy of fallot? It is a serious heart abnormality. There are two main problems: 1) The pulmonary valve is narrow (pulmonary stenosis) and the muscle below it is thickened. 2) There is a large hole - called a ventricular septal defect or VSD - between the two main pumping chambers of the heart (the right ventricle and left ventricle). In the normal circulation, blood passes through the lungs to collect oxygen and in babies with Tetralogy of fallot, the narrowing in the pulmonary valve and the thickened muscle below it mean that less blood can flow through to the lungs. This means that the level of oxygen in the blood is low.

There is a little article in the evening news if you click on the following link, which will also go into detail about my condition:

I have had two lots of open heart surgery to repair the holes and several cardiac cathetars.

I have been waiting for 25 years to get my pulmonary valve replaced, as the cardiologists have been waiting until my heart has been the right balance. This year in January 2013, I got told it was time to get it replaced. I wasn't nervous or scared, but strangely excited as I knew this was the chance to finally start enjoying life without feeling so exhausted all the time! I finally got my valve replaced on Thursday 2nd May 2013 as I managed to luckily get a last minute cancellation so I had no time to prepare for this (apart from 2 days...) It has been one heck of an emotional rollercoaster, mostly due to being homesick as the operation took place at the Golden Jubilee in Glasgow, and my kidneys have suffered from toxic antibiotics I had to be on as I was at risk of endocartitis. But, I am finally home after a long 3 weeks in hospital and hope that things can only get better and make sure my kidneys fix themselves in the long run!

Last year in October 2012, I completed the 5K winter warmer walk for British Heart Foundation in just 55 minutes! This was a huge acheivement for me! I thought at one point I would have to stop as I felt I was about to pass out due to lightheadedness from the palpations. However, I kept going and thoroughly enjoyed it...

Now I have had my pulmonary valve replaced, I can start training properly for my big 10K Winter Warmer Walk! Any donations would be hugely appreciated and this can be done via clicking the 'donate now' button to your right...and it doesn't matter how small or big the donation is because EVERY penny counts! I will be doing lots of walking training this year and I would be very grateful for all your support. Remember it's all for a brilliant cause! Let's all give heart disease the boot together!

Thank you! :) Xx

Recent donors

20.11.13 Roy Curtis Donation from the Scottish Barefoot Run & Conference

19.11.13 Well done Sally, a huge effort on both the running and fundraising! A true inspiration to many, keep it goingxxx

19.11.13 What a great lady you are so proud of all you have achieved and your great attitude. Lots of hugs

19.11.13 The result of the Cameron McPhail Tea Party. Not quite Boston but highly productive.

04.11.13 So proud of you :D Well done on the 10k!

02.11.13 All the best Sally. A fantastic charity that do so much for so many.

26.10.13 Good luck Sally ur an inspiration!!! Xxx

25.10.13 Good luck, Sally from the team at SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE

15.10.13 Funds raised from 2 film nights and "The Scottish Barefoot Run & Conference" Raffle Draw

15.10.13 Hey Sally, I saw your article in the paper and just wanted to wish you good luck!

19.06.13 Truly inspirational Sally, ur dad will be so proud of u!!

03.05.13 Ten pounds from me and ten pounds from my mum! Been meaning to do this for a while but it's taken what you are going through and the great job I'm sure the hospital staff are doing with you right now to remind me, what a great cause it is.

09.03.13 Best of luck with everything, let us know how you get on.

01.03.13 Good luck Sally - really inspiring!

09.02.13 Good luck! :) Hope the op and the walk goes well!


05.02.13 Good luck Sally! I hope all goes well x x


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