Father had a tattoo on his chest as a tribute to the scar his son received during a life-saving heart operation. When Lean Watts was 28 weeks pregnant with her son, Joey, she was informed that she had a rare disease called supravalvular aortic stenosis.
The heart defect causes a contraction of the large vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
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On May 23, six-year-old Joey of Beverly, East Yorkshire, underwent an eight-hour operation at the Leeds Children's Hospital to expand the blood vessel
The operation that has so far proved successful for Joey has led to a mark of 9 cm in the middle of his chest. Wats found out about Joey's heart defect 28 weeks before Mrs Watt's pregnancy (19459024) SWNS
"When Joey saw the mark, he simply said," Did they cut me down to fix my heart? "Mrs. Watts said
" We told him we should be proud of something and not be ashamed of what happened to him.
"All these warriors should be proud of their scars and all they achieve in their lives." in a hospital, his father, Martin Watts, went to a local tattoo hall to have a tattooed mark on his son's chest. "We told him that we should be proud and not be ashamed of what happened to him" (19459024) SWNS )
Mr Watts had a tattoo of his son's heart on the chest to the right of the scar design.
The Watts family supports the "#ScarSelfie" campaign promoted by the Children's Child Surgery Fund (CHSF), which encourages heart surgery patients to share pictures of their social media scars.
The campaign also encourages donations for CHSF, which provides support to Leeds's congenital heart unit at Leeds's Children's Hospital.
"We fully understand that showing a picture of a scar is a very personal solution, not for everyone," said Sharon Milner, Chief Executive Officer at CHSF. 19659022] "We are blown away by the courage and resilience of hundreds of patients with IBS who undergo open-heart surgery and life-saving procedures at the Leeds Heart's Heart Unit every day – like Joey."
Joey's older brother, Harley, 7, was diagnosed with some disease when he was 14 weeks old.
"You are reassured by the way that Leeds surgeons deal with Joey," said Mrs. Watts. "It would be just as terrible, but they gave you a reason to believe." "I thought superheroes were wearing cloaks, they did not wear surgical scrubs and dresses. "
Hypervial aortic stenosis is associated with William's syndrome, a congenital illness that can cause heart problems.
"This is a very rare condition and is associated with William's syndrome. For some reason, the boys do not have William's syndrome, but they have a child's heart disease with William, "Mrs. Watts said.