Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Sophie’s Story

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Sophie is 3 – three and a half actually. She lives in Dundonald and is an absolute livewire. Her family joke that when she had her surgery the doctors put an extra battery in her.

Unfortunately Sophie’s congenital heart disease wasn’t able to be detected before her birth so when a heart murmur was discovered, the diagnosis was a complete bolt out of the blue. Her first surgery was very traumatic. She was in ICU for 4 to 5 days and on life support for 2 weeks.

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For mum Caroline, that Mother’s day was particularly special as it was the first time in over a month that she had been able to hold her baby girl. But soon afterwards Sophie suffered from a collapsed lung and then an infection and Caroline and Chris had to learn to cope with Sophie’s very important medication.

Nowadays Sophie is off all medication. She is in very good health and has just started nursery.
Big brother Josh dotes on her and he has been very understanding about the amount of extra care Sophie has needed. But he’s had to grow up quickly and now has a very old head on his young shoulders.

Please support the Baby Hearts Appeal with a donation today. Together, we can give babies the healthy hearts they deserve – and save many, many lives.

Thank you.

If you would like to support us, you can set up a small, regular monthly gift or give us a donation today.

To help our Babies’ Hearts Appeal with a regular monthly gift, please click here to set up a direct debit.

If you would like to make a donation today, please click on the yellow Donate button.

£25 could help pay towards the recruitment of a family for the research study.

£50 could help cover the costs of the cardiac nurses’ support for the study for one week.

£250 could help cover the costs of the cardiac nurses’ support for the study for one month.

£1000 could help pay for the Baby Heart’s Study for one week.

£5,000 could help pay for the Baby Heart’s Study for one month.




If you would like more information about how you can support this appeal, please e–mail us on

mail@nichs.org.uk or call us 028 9032 0184.