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Revti Halai

2020 Virgin Money London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Thanks for taking the time to visit my Just Giving Page![/p][p]In January 2019 we were blessed and overjoyed with the arrival of our second son. However our happiness also came with anxiousness as our son was born with an atrioventricular septal heart defect (also known as an AVSD) for which he would require major open heart surgery around 5-6 months old.[/p][p]Shortly after his birth we were put under the care of the Evelina Children’s Hospital and an amazing Cardiology Nurse Practitioner who monitored our son’s health very closely up until his heart operation (which took place much earlier than expected) on his 2 month birthday![/p][p]The surgery was bought forward because his heart was working much harder than expected. The doctor compared his struggle to that of a person trying to run and drink at the same time.[/p][p]To help him retain energy, gain weight and ease his breathing he was fed via an NG tube, through his nose straight to his stomach for almost a month. This was coupled with numerous medicines providing functions such as assisting the heart and draining excess fluid from the lungs (as a result of having ‘leaky’ valves in his heart). Unfortunately this was not enough and the doctors’ agreed to push his surgery forward.[/p][p]The surgery itself involved closing up numerous holes (to form the chambers) in his heart and sewing up valves which can only be described as wet tissue paper. The delicate nature of the operation was worrying as our son’s heart had not had the opportunity to grow and mature in the way a 6 months old heart would. Despite this we had confidence in the Surgeon’s experience to carry out such a repair on such a small baby.[/p][p]Our son was due to be in theatre for 5hrs, however it took a little longer as the surgeon had to repair his fragile valves twice to achieve a better repair.[/p][p]The first sight of our son following his surgery was a shock, he did not look like himself. He was swollen, covered with tubes and connected to numerous machines. The first 24 hours following his surgery were critical in determining how he would recover. We were helpless and all we could do was wait.[/p][p]To our amazement, the following day 60% of the tubes he was connected to were removed, and miraculously within a couple of days he was moved out of intensive care to the children’s ward due to his incredible recovery rate.[/p][p]My son and his strength is an inspiration to us everyday, he has been through so much at such a young age and fought so hard to regain his health.[/p][p]The Surgeon and his team, paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) staff, Doctors, Consultants, and Nurses from the Savannah Ward were outstanding. They went above and beyond to look after my boy during surgery and throughout his recovery.[/p][p]This operation has given him the opportunity to now live a long and active life. Without these amazing professionals our son’s story would have been a very different one.[/p][p]Thank You will never be enough. The care he and I received and the after care he continues to receive is second to none.[/p][p]As a way of showing my support I have challenged myself to run my first ever marathon, in London 2020. [/p][p]The aim is to raise crucial funds for the Evelina Children’s Hospital so they can continue to help other children and families in similar situations.[/p][p]It is only through the generosity of people like you can this be achieved.[/p][p]Please donate as little or as much as you can to support this charity... and also to motivate me during my training and on those long runs! I don't think I realised just how tough training to run a marathon would be... or how much it would begin to take over my life. I really appreciate everyone's support and I hope to see as many of your faces as possible on race day.[/p]
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Nov 21, 2020

Anonymous

From Joe Norman

£20.00

Nov 15, 2020

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Nov 10, 2020

Reshma Rabadia

Well done Revti! x

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Nov 10, 2020

lots of love Ruhani x

Welldone Revti!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Nov 10, 2020

Pruthvi & Vedica

Such an amazing cause, well done to you all; especially to the little fighter Harikesh. Lots of love xXx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Nov 6, 2020

Shyam & Nimi

Well done! A great cause and an amazing achievement xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 6, 2020

Prisha Patel

Congratulations Rev, such an amazing cause. Harikesh is such an inspiration and a very strong little boy. God bless him x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 6, 2020

Tanuja

Well done what an amazing achievement. Xx

Oct 27, 2020

Emma

Well done Rev!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 27, 2020

Anonymous

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid