A brave two-year-old will become the youngest child in the county to receive a lifesaving device.
Reece Scott, from Oswaldtwistle , will take a portable defibrillator with him to the Early Start pre-school to help him move around with his peers and live as normal a life as possible.
Reece was born with a leaking valve and an underdeveloped heart but, after three operations, he is preparing to start pre-school with his twin brother Regan in September.
Family and friends are now fundraising to give pre-school staff training in using the machine and to cover the cost of the device. Mum Sarah Watson said knowing Reece had the defibrillator if he got into difficulties would give her and his plasterer dad Stuart Scott peace of mind.
The mum-of-five, a dental nurse, said: “The pre-school staff have been brilliant and really supportive and they want to do some fundraising. It’s been hard for Reece, he’s just been diagnosed with epilepsy as well and he’s been having fits since October. He wants to keep up with Regan but he gets really tired and you can see the difference in their learning. Reece is about six months behind I’d say.”
Sarah, of Hawthorn Avenue explained that Reece would also have a device to measure his oxygen saturation, a warning sign that something was wrong with his heart. She added her other children Demi, 14, Dane, 10, and Zack, five, had had a lot to deal with coming to terms with Reece’s conditions.
Reece had a donor valve fitted last year but because of his leaking heart and scar tissue he will have to keep the defibrillator with him at all times to shock his heart back into rhythm if needed. Along with Regan, he loves to sing and play guitar and drums.
Family and friends are completing 20 and 50-mile sponsored cycles on August 24 to try to raise the £1,000 needed for the defibrillator and training.
Anyone wishing to sponsor them or join in can call Sarah on 07729 499198.