Surgery hope for Joshua

Joshua Smith, four, and parents Joanne and Tony. Joshua has Down's syndrome and a hole in the heart. They are fundraising to help them with expenses of travelling to London for life-saving surgery.'p316a333
Joshua Smith, four, and parents Joanne and Tony. Joshua has Down's syndrome and a hole in the heart. They are fundraising to help them with expenses of travelling to London for life-saving surgery.'p316a333
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The parents of a four-year-old Pontefract boy who needs life-saving heart surgery have launched a fundraising campaign to help him.

Little Joshua Smith, who has heart defect atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD), or a hole in the heart, has already had open heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary in in 2011.

However, due to the complex nature of Joshua’s condition, surgeons in Leeds say they are unable to operate further, and have referred him to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital for a second opinion.

Joshua’s parents, Joanne and Tony, of Oliver’s Mount, have now launched a fundraising campaign to help with the expenses of travelling to London for appointments and possible surgery.

Joanne, 47, said: “We don’t know how long we have got him for.

“He definitely needs this surgery or else we don’t know what his life expectancy will be.

“When he had his surgery in Leeds, we nearly lost him three times.

“The surgeon said he didn’t want to take any risks to operate again.

“We are just waiting for our appointment in London to see if there’s anything they can do.”

She and Tony, 48, have launched the Joshua Smith Appeal and are hoping to raise at least £5,000.

The couple has arranged a family fun day at at Halfpenny Lane WMC in Pontefract on Sunday August 25 to boost the fund, from 4pm.

Attractions will include a bouncy castle, face painting, Knottingley firefighters will be visiting with an engine and the couple has been given more than 90 prizes for raffles and tombolas.

There will also be a bake sale and barbecue, and Tony will be having a sponsored chest wax.

To find out more go to the Joshua Smith Appeal page on Facebook.