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Help provide 330 life-saving machines

Help provide 330 life-saving machines

Why we need your help

Every year 1,000 babies leave hospital with their heart defect undetected, putting their lives in grave danger.

Babies born with serious heart problems are at significant risk of disability or heart failure if not diagnosed before or very soon after birth. Tiny Tickers is dedicated to the early detection of heart defects in babies;  our sonographer training has helped double detection rates at the 20-week scan, but not every condition will or can be diagnosed. We are now embarking on a national campaign to further improve early detection rates by placing pulse oximetry machines in maternity wards across the UK.

Placing pulse oximetry machines in hospitals ensures any heart defects are picked up early, and that the baby and family, have access to the life-saving treatment they need before that baby experiences heart failure. Not every baby will be born visibly displaying signs and symptoms and without this machine serious defects could go undetected.  

During 2017 we conducted a very successful Yorkshire pilot resulting in the placement of 34 machines at 16 hospitals throughout the region, and we have now placed 54 machines in total across the UK. Our hope is that we will have reached every maternity unit by 2021. Based on our Yorkshire pilot we estimate that approximately 330 machines will fulfil the initial demand from maternity hospitals across the UK. And we need your help to fund these life-saving machines in your local hospital(s).

Together let’s make sure that no baby ever has to die because of an undetected heart defect.

What is pulse oximetry?

Pulse Oximetry testing helps to detect heart defects by measuring oxygen levels (oxygen saturation) in the blood.These machines can indicate possible heart or respiratory issues quickly and effectively. Low oxygen levels can be a key sign that a baby could have a critical heart defect. This is a very simple test that could help identify cases quickly and effectively, leading to immediate referral if required.

What are we raising money for?

To place 330 machines in maternity wards around the UK. The full cost for providing and placing each machine is £725.

A pulse oximetry test saved little Tom's life, this is what mum Nicola has to say:

"My son, Tom Myles Haggarty was born on the 24th November 2015. We had no idea that there was anything wrong with his heart when he was born. The following day he had a routine check by a paediatric doctor who detected a heart murmur- he wasn’t concerned and said it would likely resolve by the next day. The paediatrician returned and checked Tom again, this time with a pulse oximeter- his oxygenation was around 80% (levels should be 95-99%). He was immediately transferred to neonatal intensive care. There then followed a very worrying few hours while they tried to establish what was wrong with him. He had transposition of the great arteries (TGA), ventricular septal defect (VSD) and atrial septal defect (ASD). He had to have open heart surgery the following week which luckily was successful. Tom is now a bright, very tall and perfect toddler who will be two in a couple of months.

My husband (Jonathan) and I truly believe that the use of the pulse oximeter saved his life. TGA cases are relatively stable initially until a duct closes and they can then die suddenly. We cannot bear to think what may have happened if we had been allowed to go home on that occasion. Luckily Tom was born in a hospital well equipped to deal with these cases; had he been born in a smaller midwife-led unit we may not have been so lucky".

How you can get involved?

Donate or fundraise to help us - get your friends, family and colleagues involved and tell them about how important our work is. We are a tiny charity, with big ambitions. But we need your help to achieve our goal. 

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The terms

This campaign is for the placement of pulse oximetry machines. Tiny Tickers will advertise which hospitals it is currently raising funds for - donors can request their donations go to a particular region but not a specific hospital. If all funds have been raised for a region, Tiny Tickers will use donations for further machines in other regions or where the need is greatest. 


raised towards 239,540.00 target


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Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 53,143.00

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Raised offline 52,768.00

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