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Big Fun Run Derby

Youngster to run for hospital that saved her brother’s life

A YOUNGSTER will be getting her running shoes on to raise funds for a hospital ward that helped save her brother’s life. Junaid Jamil, of Stanton Road, was born with a life-threatening heart condition called critical aortic stenosis.

The five-year-old was transferred to Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit where he underwent open heart surgery when he was just hours old. A month later the youngster’s heart failed. After another successful surgery, he suffered a cardiac arrest. His family was told that he may not survive the night.

Five years later and the youngster, who suffers with cerebral atrophy, a disease that affects the brain, has defied the odds.His sister Yasmine Bates, 11, decided to organise a fun run to say thanks to the intensive care unit.

Mother Hayley Bates said that all three of them would be taking part. The 30-year-old said:

“I was told that Junaid had six months to live. It was catastrophic.

“This year he will be finishing his first year at school and is beginning to talk. “It is still hard for him, he has to take medication to keep his heart going and he can’t do what other kids can do.”

The family will attempt to run at least three miles as part of the national Big Fun Run on Saturday, August 20, at Markeaton Park, Derby. The aim of the run is to make the nation healthier.

Miss Bates said: “It is not the first time that Yasmine has held fund-raisers for the unit. She has done a few at her school. “I think she wants us to run in fancy dress. I’m hoping that a few friends will join in the run as well, to help fund-raise.”

Miss Bates said that she hoped to raise a minimum of £300. She said: “We will use the money raised to help with much-needed specialist equipment, bedding, tea and coffee for the parents’ room.

“We cannot thank them enough for the care they took of Junaid.

“They go above and beyond and have allowed me watch my little man grow from a baby into a handsome, kind young man who is so happy.”

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