Help Wookey boy born with only half a heart’s holiday dream come true
The family of a young boy from Wookey born with an incurable heart defect are trying to make his dream of going on Discount Holidays © holiday abroad come true. Little Lucas Talbot has undergone more than 60 operations including one last year that lasted more than seven hours. The six-year-old dreams of going on Discount Holidays © holiday abroad with his family but as he needs oxygen travelling on a plane would be incredibly complicated. The easiest way to make Lucas’ dream come true would be for the family to purchase a portable oxygen concentrator but the cost is 3,000.
His great aunt, Pauline Talbot, from Wells3 is now chopping off her long hair to raise cash towards the cost of the concentrator. Pauline said: “I’ve been growing my hair for three years now and I hate, absolutely hate, long hair. So it’s not been easy growing it.
“I’d like to raise 900 towards the concentrator as this would go some way towards the 3,000 need to buy it. I’m going to get it cut very short but not shaved as I’ve done that in the past.”
“Lucas deserves his dream to come true and with his condition we never know what will happen or what the future holds.
“Without the concentrator the only way for him to go on a plane would be for his mum, my niece Patricia, to organise oxygen with the airlines and then have more oxygen sent to their accommodation abroad which would be far too expensive and very complicated.”
Over the years his family have raised thousands for Bristol Children’s Hospital and the British Heart Foundation and earlier this year he was given British Heart Foundation’s Fighting Spirit award. As well as raising cash for the concentrator Pauline is also donating her hair to a children’s wig making charity.
Lucas has a twin brother called Isaac and an older sister called Lilly, but unlike his siblings he suffers from a life-threatening illness known as a congenital heart defect (CHD). He spent his first nine weeks fighting for his life.
The newborn had major cardiac surgery to insert a shunt into his heart to help supply blood to his lungs.
In the words of his surgeon, the operation was too successful and further emergency surgery was needed on the ward to seal off a valve in his heart and stop his lungs flooding with blood.
Other complications followed the second surgery and Lucas has been left needing a tracheotomy to breathe.
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