Welcome and thank you for visiting our blog. The British Heart Foundation Jersey Branch was established in 1972 to support the life saving research of the BHF. We have created this page to help Islanders keep up to date with local events, activities and ways in which you can support our local fight against heart disease.
Jayden is 11 years old, lives in Jersey, recently took the the big leap from primary to secondary school and so far - is loving it!
Jayden loves sports, in fact he's a bit of a whizz on the football pitch, playing regularly with Trinity Football Club.
Why do we want to introduce Jayden? Because we believe he is a local hero.
Jayden was born with a congenital heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallots. This is a combination of four heart abnormalities which contribute to his heart not pumping oxygenated blood around his body as it should.
Jayden undertook open heart surgery at just seven days old. He is living with the effects of this condition and will be undergoing further vital surgery in the near future to help him in his fight for every heartbeat.
With his absolute love for football and passion for being active, Jayden is determined not to let his condition hamper his dreams...
With the support of his doctors and family, he has set himself an amazing challenge of raising £2,000 for the BHF Jersey Branch over the next year by signing up to a host of different activities both on his own and with his team-mates. From bike rides to football tournaments, Jayden will be out and about all year proving that he is a hero.
Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital heart condition which refers to a combination of heart abnormalities and has four parts..
1) A narrow pulmonary valve and/or pulmonary artery (pulmonary stenosis).
2) An enlarged right ventricle. Because your right ventricle pumps blood to your lungs (through the pulmonary artery) it has to work very hard to get blood through the narrowing and as a result can become thicker (hypertrophy).
3) A large hole – called a ventricular septal defect (VSD) between the two main pumping chambers of your heart (the right and left ventricles).
4) An overriding aorta. The aorta usually comes directly off the left ventricle but in tetralogy of Fallot it is placed towards the right side of your heart and sits over your VSD. This meant mixed blood got pumped into your aorta and out to your body. The lower level of oxygen in your blood could have made you appear blue at times.
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SAVING LIVES THROUGH RESEARCH
The British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity, saving lives through pioneering research, vital information and patient care. This research is not possible without the support of local heroes just like Jayden.