WHO could read today’s story about 12-year-old heart patient George Sutcliffe and not admire the courage shown by both him and his family?
Surgery in Leeds to try to help George, who has a rare condition which means that he was born with only half a heart, was abandoned last week after 10 hours.
Now his family, including his two older brothers, have another anxious wait, this time until the end of the month when specialists decide what next.
It has become a way of life for the Linthwaite family. Waiting, hoping and worrying that George’s care will be further disrupted. This latest operation, George’s fourth, had for example, been cancelled three times.
It is all additional pressure on a family which already has much to cope with.
And in the background to all of this, there is a further issue. The closure threat to the specialist unit at Leeds General Infirmary where George and many other sick children are treated.
George’s father, Carl, says that if the unit does close, and a decision is expected within weeks, the nearest specialist care would be two hours away by ambulance.
Just as we hope that there is better news for the family later this month on how to progress George’s treatment, we must also hope that this crucial unit in Leeds can be saved to continue helping not just this family but many more across our region.