A BRAVE five-year-old who has endured several heart operations and only has one working lung has been nominated for an Express Champion Children Award.
Billy Lynch, from Upton, was just a day old when doctors discovered he had a rare heart defect which meant blood was unable to flow to his lungs properly. The little boy had to undergo surgery at just six days old to have a shunt fitted from the aorta to the pulmonary artery in a bid to help him breathe.
But days later the shunt became blocked so had to go into surgery again.
He also had a chest infection and collapsed lungs so had to spend the first few months of his life in hospital.
Billy had to have a further 15-hour operation in 2008 to have another shunt fitted – but due to his chest swelling during surgery, his chest had to be left open.
His mum, Zoe Lynch, of Smeaton Road, said: “I could actually see his heart beating, it was terrible.”
The Upton Primary School pupil had a valve fitted to replace the shunt in February 2011.
He is partially deaf in one ear and is extremely short sighted.
His mum, and siblings Ashleigh, 13, Darryl, 10, and Tia, three, all decided to nominate him for a Champion Children Award.
Miss Lynch said: “The amount of things he has gone through is enough for anyone, but he just takes it on the chin and is always upbeat and happy.”
Miss Lynch said the replacement valve could ‘go’ at any minute so just concentrate on him being well.
l We have extended the deadline for nominations so can still be accepted up until November 14. All of the children put for-ward are winners in our eyes. They will be invited, along with members of their family, to attend an awards ceremony at Theatre Royal Wakefield on Friday, December 9, which will be followed by a buffet lunch and a performance of Aladdin.
Send a letter explaining what makes your nominated child a champion to Rebecca Whittington by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or to Express Champion Children, 1 Front Street, Pontefract, WF8 1BL. Include your name, address and daytime telephone number and contact details for the child’s family if they are different