‘Medics saved my baby boy with hole in heart’

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A grateful mum is raising money for the doctors and nurses in Doncaster who saved her son’s life.

Relieved Amanda Kilner spoke of the family’s ‘rollercoaster’ ordeal after son Arley-James Angell was born six-and-a-half weeks prematurely with a hole in his heart.

Now, to show her gratitude, she is having a sponsored head shave to raise money for the Doncaster Royal Infirmary Neonatal Unit.

Amanda said: “I just want to show people how strong I am after everything I have been through with my son.

“It has been such a rollercoaster ride.

“The staff at the neonatal unit at the DRI were brilliant and helped my son so much. I want to say thank you by raising money to put towards the fantastic work they do.”

Tiny Arley, now seven-and-a-half months, weighed in at just 4lb 2oz at birth.

Doctors discovered Arley had a hole in the heart and his heart chambers needed reconstruction. At the age of 10 weeks he was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for open heart surgery.

Amanda, of King Street, Goldthorpe, added: “Five hours after the operation, we went to see him and it was horrible.”

But a week later his condition had improved and he was transferred to the children’s ward at Doncaster for a further two months.

“Without the neonatal unit my son wouldn’t be here. They changed my life.”

The head shave will be at Goldthorpe Reform Club on Sunday, January 26.