Life-changer for hole-in-heart girl

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A CHARITY day in the name of a Hucknall girl with a hole in her heart has been hailed a success — as the youngster prepares for life-altering surgery.

Eleven-month-old Jessica Lees, of Abbots Drive, was diagnosed with the condition soon after she was born. Her development has been restricted, and she survives only on a diet of high-calorie foods.

Now her mum, Angelina Oleszynski, has been told that Jessica will have an operation at the specialist Glenfield Hospital in Leicester to repair the defect in her heart within months.

But on Saturday May 5, the family’s worries were put to one side when Angelina (31) laid on the charity bash with fellow mums at the Nabb Inn on Nabbs Lane, Hucknall.

The event raised a total of £750, which will be donated to Glenfield, where Jessica has received treatment, and Nottingham City Hospital, where she was born.

The cash will support the neo-natal unit at City for another reason too. For Angelina’s son, Finlay Lees, received life-saving care there when he was born eight weeks premature.

He is now two years old and fit and healthy.

Angelina said: “It was a brilliant day. I can’t thank everyone involved enough for their support.”

Attractions at the fundraiser included face-painting, a bouncy castle, games, a cake stall and a DJ. A bumper raffle earned support from local businesses and individuals who donated the prizes.

Angelina says the event was the first in a series of fundraisers in honour of the two hospitals.

OUR PHOTO shows Angelina (second from right) with fellow mums who backed the event. They are: (from left) Gemma Robinson, Kelly Oleszynski, Laura Handley and Megan Gray. The youngsters pictured are Jessica (second from left) and Finlay — DISPIC NHUD12-1105-1.