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Inspirational Stories

Looking out for the ‘lost’ congenital heart patients

Beth Greenaway shares her personal thoughts on some of the reasons why so many congenital heart patients drop out of the system as adults, and why it is important for them to re-enter it

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Living with a GUCH

His day job may be in accountancy, but when it comes to his wife's heart condition Steven Parker has served his medical apprenticeship.

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Skipping Around Our Barriers

I had a switch operation in 1976 to correct transposition of the great arteries; a VSD and ASD were also closed. Then in 1987 I returned to theatre for reclosure of the ASD and correction of pulmonary stenosis.

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Confessions of a Swimmer

Born in 1958 with Fallot's Tetralogy, Paul Magrath had an operation at 4 years old, in his mid-30s he began to experience problems which lead to a further operation.

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James Story

When I was born, 24 years ago, the doctors immediately realised there was a problem with me, as I was a bluey purple colour. I was immediately rushed into theatre where I was stabilised enough to allow me to go home with my parents.

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The Fall and Rise of a GUCH

What does a GUCH call herself when the congenitally offending parts are in a jar of formalin? An GOBNULCH - Grown Up but No Longer Congenital Heart; a TRANSGUCH?

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The National Heart Hospital the way I remember it

When I was a baby, I was diagnosed as having a congenital heart condition.

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The Treadmill of Life

I was born with CHD in 1974. In my early years I was encouraged to do as many normal things as possible despite the fact that I would become very blue and breathless.

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A GUCH in East Africa

If someone mentions Zanzibar many people would be clueless where it was, except in Derby, it's a Night Club. You might know it as a tourist.

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A Year and a bit Down Under!

can blame my desire to travel after University on my parents. We were always taken away on wonderful holidays as children, and so for me the travel bug was installed from a very young age.

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