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Thanks for our little miracle; HEART GIRL: Bus firm helps parents to raise money.



Byline: By Sam Webb

LITTLE Alexi Grant has been called a "miracle" by her proud parents after she survived being born with two holes in her heart.

Mum and dad Hannah Foster and Tom Grant were devastated when doctors told them she had been born with the life-threatening condition.

But Alexi had an operation to cover the holes at Birmingham Children's Hospital Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust manage the central Birmingham hospital now also known as The Diana, Princess of Wales Children's Hospital, which provides general and emergency health care services to children in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond.  when she was just two months old and is now a happy and healthy nine-month-old girl.

Tom, aged 25, a driver for Travel de Courcey, a Coventry-based bus firm, said: "After we were told about the holes in her heart me and Hannah just collapsed into each other's arms and started crying.

"We thought nothing could be done and we needed a miracle.

"But now she's a happy little girl and people don't realise what she has been through."

Tom, of Mollington Grove in Hatton Park, near Warwick, and the Coventry firm he works for are giving a little bit back to the hospital that saved his daughter's life.

He asked his employers Travel de Courcey to help raise funds for the British Heart Foundation The British Heart Foundation is a charity organisation in the United Kingdom that funds research, education, care and awareness campaigns aimed to prevent heart diseases in humans.  to provide a paediatric Adj. 1. paediatric - of or relating to the medical care of children; "pediatric dentist"
pediatric
 nurse at the hospital

This Saturday bus drivers from Travel de Courcey will be wearing BHF Bhf Bahnhof (German: train station)
BHF British Heart Foundation (medical charity)
BHF Buffered Hydrofluoric Acid
BHF Bangladesh Hockey Federation
BHF Black Hole Finder (NASA) 
 T-shirts and collecting funds from passengers on their routes throughout Coventry and Warwickshire.

Adrian de Courcey, managing director of the bus firm, said: "We are delighted to be supporting such a worthy cause and were shocked to learn that 4,600 parents every year find out their child has been born with heart problems."

Do you want to help?

IF YOU would like to organise a fundraising event for the national heart charity BHF, or are interested in volunteering, please call Donna Stokes, BHF fundraising and volunteer manager, on 0121 353 2087.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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