Parents protest against heart unit closure

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A SPALDING family were among a crowd of 150 who staged a silent protest in London against the closure of the child heart surgery unit which saved their daughter’s life.

Christer and Francesca Larsson, of Stonegate, held banners, placards and posters at the event in Parliament Square, aimed at highlighting their cause to MPs as they returned to the Commons after the summer recess.

They were joined by their daughter Sofia (2), who spent three months at Glenfield while she underwent heart surgery.

During the afternoon protesters also popped 50 red balloons to signify the prediction by an ECMO expert that the transfer of the specialist unit could cost the lives of 50 children and babies.

Protesters are now waiting to hear the outcome of a review of the decision to close Glenfield called for by new health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Initial findings are due to be released tomorrow.

An e-petition has also reached 72,000 signatures, but 100,000 more are needed to prompt a parliamentary debate.

To sign it go to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/35788.