Connor is flying high with new swing

An 11-year-old boy with a heart defect and learning disabilities has been gifted a nest swing for his garden, from local fundraising group, Simon’s Heroes.

Connor Welland, from Amington, was born with an ostium secundum atrial septal defect, which is a type of congenital heart defect, known as an ASD. An ASD is a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart, which allows blood from both sides to mix, causing the heart to work less efficiently. As a result, Connor has a heart murmur, which causes him fatigue and shortness of breath, and is on the waiting list for an operation to repair it to prevent complications.

Connor really enjoys outdoor play and his family have been desperately trying to sort out their garden to give him the space to do exactly that.

Simon’s Heroes covered the cost of a skip during the pandemic, to enable the family to progress with the garden. The charity also supplied a nest swing for Connor, which allows him to relax and have fun on too.

“Connor is delighted with his new swing,” his mum Sam explained. “He spends so much time on it, it lifts his spirit. It’s lovely to see him taking so much pleasure from it.

“We can’t thank Simon’s Heroes enough for what they have provided. It has made such a difference. Thank you.”

Author: C Abbott


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