Dickens Heath Schoolgirl hands toys and crafts to heart ward at Birmingham Children's Hospital - The Solihull Observer
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Dickens Heath Schoolgirl hands toys and crafts to heart ward at Birmingham Children's Hospital

Sarah Mason 18th Jul, 2017

A CREATIVE school girl has donated toys, craft supplies and a coffee machine for those on the ward where she spent three months as a baby.

Maisie Chase underwent the surgery at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on her first birthday after doctors found she had a rare congenital heart problem, anomalous origin of the left pulmonary artery.

The now ten-year-old and her mum, Anna, spent three months on ward 12, the heart ward, being cared for while doctors diagnosed her condition, performed the operation and recovered from it.

When Maisie was three she was diagnosed with DiGeorge Syndrome, a genetic disorder and since she has undergone further surgery on her soft pallet and ears, nose and throat.

Inspired by the kindness and hard-work of the staff on the ward the Shirley duo joined forces with Anna’s partner Glenn James and Maisie’s brother Frankie for a charity gig to raise funds for the ward.

Glenn’s band, took to the stage at The Red Lion, as they had done before for charity gigs and raised a whopping £1,200.

Anna said: “I have such an emotional attachment to this ward as we spent such a long time there and experienced so many things during our stay.

“The staff cared for Maisie beautifully and kept me sane.

“The ward really needed new toys for the patients to play with during their stay and also for their siblings who come to visit.

“We also wanted the nurses to have a treat of their own, so decided to purchase a swanky coffee machine for them to have in their staff room.”

The Dickens Heath Primary School pupil headed over to Ward 12 and handed over the donations to the doctors, nurses and staff who have, and still do, look after her.

Annie Eytle, Acting Events and Regional Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “It’s so inspirational to hear how the world-class care our hospital provides inspires people to fundraise and we’d like to say a massive thank you to Maisie and her wonderful family and friends for donating gifts to our Cardiac Unit.

“The toys, arts and crafts and added extras will make a huge difference to our brave young patients on Ward 12, as well as their families and the staff who care for them.”

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