I owe heart unit my life - now I'm giving something back

I owe heart unit my life - now I'm giving something back

Former heart patient Anna Nuttall

Pupils and teachers taking part in the aerobathon

First published in News

SMILING brightly at the camera, it is hard to believe that the life of this Hampshire teenager hung in the balance before it had even properly begun.

Schoolgirl Anna Nuttall was born with a hole in her heart and needed intricate, lifesaving surgery at just six weeks old.

Now the 14-year-old has helped raise hundreds of pounds for Southampton General Hospital’s cardiac unit, in honour of the surgeons who saved her life.

Anna joined forces with her fellow Year 9 pupils at Wyvern Technology College, in Fair Oak , to raise funds for the unit through a series of fundraising activities.

Around 70 youngsters pulled together earlier this week to take part in an aerobathon, while other pupils hosted a bake sale, to take their fundraising tally to more than £300.

It comes after the unit was chosen as charity of the year by the 270 pupils in the year group, after being nominated by Anna.

The 14-year-old, who is now a tutor group representative at the school, said: “I was born in Winchester but got transferred to Southampton because of the hole in my heart.

“I don’t remember anything because I was too young, but my parents have said that if I hadn’t gone there I would have died. I pretty much owe the unit and the surgeons my life.”

The future of the world-renowned unit at Southampton General Hospital had been at stake under a Government consultation, but it was saved from the axe following the Daily Echo’s Have a Heart campaign, which collected petitions containing more than 250,000 signatures.

Anna, who lives in Boyatt Wood with her parents, Tracey and Andrew, and two older sisters, Rebecca, 25, and Katie, 18, added: “It means a lot to me to raise money for them.

When I heard it could be shut down I couldn’t believe it.

“They do such great work and save so many lives.”

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9:33am Fri 20 Jul 12

southy says...

Thumbs up to this girl well done
Thumbs up to this girl well done southy
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9:37am Fri 20 Jul 12

UKIPsouthampton says...

Great story, and yes the Heart Unit at Southampton do an excellent job.
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Should the unit really rely on Charity so much, surely we get get enough funding from the Government so that the Unit is always secure.
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If anyone knows what is and isnt funded from the Government that would be quite interesting to know.
Great story, and yes the Heart Unit at Southampton do an excellent job. . Should the unit really rely on Charity so much, surely we get get enough funding from the Government so that the Unit is always secure. . If anyone knows what is and isnt funded from the Government that would be quite interesting to know. UKIPsouthampton
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10:11am Fri 20 Jul 12

ajw1986 says...

What a brilliant cause to raise money for, well done :)
What a brilliant cause to raise money for, well done :) ajw1986
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2:05pm Fri 20 Jul 12

St Retford says...

Well done Anna and all credit to her parents for raising her so well. If you only read the headlines in the tabloids you'd think all teenagers are ASBO-ridden gangsters on crack and pregnant with the triplets of a rabid pitbul who is now serving life behind bars for rioting. It's sometimes easy to forget the essential decency of the vast majority of kids.

Stories like this give you hope for the future, and that's rare indeed.
Well done Anna and all credit to her parents for raising her so well. If you only read the headlines in the tabloids you'd think all teenagers are ASBO-ridden gangsters on crack and pregnant with the triplets of a rabid pitbul who is now serving life behind bars for rioting. It's sometimes easy to forget the essential decency of the vast majority of kids. Stories like this give you hope for the future, and that's rare indeed. St Retford
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4:07pm Fri 20 Jul 12

IronLady2010 says...

Anna, you are a superb example to others of your age. Well done to you, I bet your family and friends are so proud of you and I hope you are also proud of yourself.

What a lovely story to read as the weekend approaches.

Well done Anna and all the very best for the future. x
Anna, you are a superb example to others of your age. Well done to you, I bet your family and friends are so proud of you and I hope you are also proud of yourself. What a lovely story to read as the weekend approaches. Well done Anna and all the very best for the future. x IronLady2010
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5:25pm Fri 20 Jul 12

cheeselord says...

Anna well done u r really awesome for driving this its 'fabulous'
Anna well done u r really awesome for driving this its 'fabulous' cheeselord
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