Mum’s campaign to save hospital

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SPALDING mum Faye Sharman is urging people to back her campaign to save the heart hospital that saved the life of her son, Ollie Turner (4).

Ollie was born with a life-threatening heart defect and, at six days old, underwent the first of three major operations at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester.

The hospital is under threat from cuts but it could be saved if enough people back ‘Option A’ online by visiting www.ipsos-mori.com/safeandsustainable.

The consultation ends on Friday, July 1.

Miss Sharman, of Queen’s Road, said if Glenfield shuts, Spalding patients are likely to go to Birmingam – some 95 miles away, almost double the distance to Leicester.

The young mum has won more than 100 supporters through Facebook but is appealing for more.

She said: “It would be a shame if Glenfield closed because it is a brilliant hospital. There is no other hospital like it that’s close.”

Miss Sharman was with Ollie at the hospital when a young girl “crashed” and her heart stopped.

“Within 30 seconds five doctors came in and saved her life.”

Miss Sharman said as well as giving children brilliant care, the hospital has rooms where parents can stay.

Ollie had his last major surgery at Glenfield in March this year and tomorrow celebrates his fifth birthday – one he would not have reached without Glenfield.