A Hasland mum is to embark on a 17-mile hike next month in memory of her baby son, who died of a heart defect at just four months old.
Lucy Durrant, 27, is to take part in the High Peak Winter Trail 2015 on November 15, in memory of her son, Evan Pheasant, who passed away on February 6, 2015.
Doctors told Lucy and her partner, Geoff Pheasant, that Evan had complex heart condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome at 22 weeks into her pregnancy.
As a result, Lucy had regular check-ups at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital, where Evan was born on October 27, 2014.
Lucy, who lives in St Philip’s Drive, said: “When doctors told us about the defect it was just horrendous. We were given three options: to terminate the pregnancy, to have palliative care or try for a thee stage course of surgeries.
“We were advised to terminate, but I couldn’t do that, so we opted for the surgery.”
At just three days old, Evan underwent a gruelling nine hour operation.
Lucy, who is mum to five-year-old son, Ethan, and step-mum to daughters Georgia and Charlie, said: “Our little boy amazed us with his strength and determination. We attended hospital every two to four weeks where the consultants were happy with his progress.”
On February 6 Evan attended a routine appointment in Birmingham, and was admitted for extra assessment.
Lucy said: “We were admitted to the ward at just before 6pm. Tragically Evan passed away at just after 9pm.”
She added: “I still get nightmares and flashbacks of doctors giving him CPR.”
Lucy said she has chosen to donate funds from the hike to the British Heart Foundation.
She said: “Without their research and the surgery they fund I wouldn’t have even had Evan for as long as I did. They do a fantastic job.”
To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/Team-Evan/
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) is a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. As the baby develops during pregnancy, the left side of the heart does not form correctly. In babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, the left side of the heart cannot pump oxygen-rich blood to the body properly. During the first few days of life for a baby with HLHS, the oxygen-rich blood bypasses the poorly functioning left side of the heart. The right side of the heart then pumps blood to both the lungs and the rest of the body. However, among babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, when these openings close, it becomes hard for oxygen-rich blood to get to the rest of the body. This can cause the babies to appear blue.