THE proud mother of a little boy who had a life-saving heart transplant is urging people to speak out about a donation on the second anniversary of the operation.
Moss Bank’s Jake Cathcart was born in 2015 with a rare and undiagnosed heart condition that caused him to suffer two cardiac arrests and one respiratory arrest.
He has since become an inspiration for Team 1C, led by his parents and other parents who have children with heart problems at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, who have raised thousands to send surgeons abroad to help other children with heart failure help.
Jake attends St Peter and Paul Primary School and was doing very well until it was his turn in November 2020 and was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and later helicoptered to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
There, his parents, Claire and Neil, were informed that Jake had been placed on the organ donor registry for a new heart. After months of waiting, which resulted in him having to undergo surgery on the Berlin heart, the little fighter managed to grow strong enough for surgery and underwent a heart transplant in January 2021 thanks to an organ donation.
He continued to donate his healthy heart valves during surgery – saving a life himself.
Now his mother, Claire, is joining the call from other parents in a similar situation to urge the parents to talk about organ donation on the second anniversary of his surgery.
Claire said, “The family of the child whose heart beats in Jake’s chest will always be on my mind.
“Obviously Jake is still here because their child died and I hate that, but I hope that knowing that a part of their child lives on and gives Jake as much life as others his age will be a small comfort to them will.
“I can’t imagine having to make that decision, but with Jake being in the hospital so many times in his life, we came close to losing him a couple of times.
“I know it helped us to know that Jake’s heart valves saved another life – and we’re grateful for that every day.
“The guilt is there, but we think the best we can do is take care of that heart.
“We’re so proud of Jake, but the donation gesture from this kid and his family never gets out of our minds, especially as his two-year anniversary has just passed.”
Jake, now seven, won the Pride of St. Helens Child of Courage Award in 2022 for his courage throughout his life.
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