Bromsgrove runner braving marathon to thank children's hospital charity for Ben's treatment - The Bromsgrove Standard

Bromsgrove runner braving marathon to thank children's hospital charity for Ben's treatment

Bromsgrove Editorial 14th Apr, 2023 Updated: 16th Apr, 2023   0

A BROMSGROVE runner takes on the Manchester Marathon this Sunday, April 16, to raise funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Kirsty Underhill, from Stoke Prior, hopes to raise £3,000 for the cause to thank BCH for the treatment given to Vicki Steele’s son, Ben.

Ben was born with CCTGA – a rare and complex form of congenital heart disease and has undergone various procedures at BCH since birth to improve his condition.

Hours after being born Ben had a temporary pacemaker fitted and later developed fluid around his heart, needing an emergency procedure to drain it.

At three weeks old he was fitted with a permanent pacemaker and later underwent a risky and complex 10-hour ‘double switch’ operation.

Doctors said his recovery was one of the quickest they had seen and, thanks to the treatment, Ben now has a brighter future ahead.




Kirsty said: “Ben is the bravest and strongest little boy and it has been a privilege to watch him defy the odds and grow into his happy and adventurous self.”

Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/kirsty-underhill-manchester-marathon to donate to the cause.


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