Children's Heart Federation

Life-changing medical equipment for heartchildren

Enabling children with heart conditions to spend more time in education and less time at hospital

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1120557)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£40,000

Amount raised

£12,161

Donations

15

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

  • This machine saves time and expense and reduces the psychological implications for my son. Thank you so much.

    — Bradley's mum

  • This machine saves time and expense and reduces the psychological implications for my son. Thank you so much.

    — Bradley's mum

Situation

Most heart children have to make regular visits to hospital for blood tests to measure the thickness of their blood. These regular visits not only interrupt schooling but often force parents to take time off work, which can lead to a reduction in pay. They often also cause childcare issues for brothers and sisters of school age.

Solution

Through the provision of INR machines, a child can use a simple procedure to test their blood at home, contrasted with a needle being used to take blood at hospital. INR machines measure the thickness of blood. If the blood is too thick there is a danger of blood clots which can cause strokes, but if the blood is too thin there is a risk of internal bleeding. The machines are provided by the CHF as part of a package that includes training and guidance from a doctor or Cardiac Liaison Nurse.