Gary Westerby, 34, and Rob, 32, have cycled over 170 miles in memory of their friend’s son who died last year at just eleven days old.
Acey Gardner was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) at his 20 week scan – a birth defect which occurs when the diaphragm doesn’t form properly and other organs enter the chest cavity, which prevents the lungs from developing. He was given a 50% chance of surviving when he was born five weeks early, weighing just 4lb 3oz.
Acey was immediately transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital and at five days old he underwent major specialist surgery to pull his organs down from the chest cavity and repair the diaphragm. Sadly, Acey’s lungs weren’t strong enough and six days later he passed away.
During this tragic time, Mum Becky, Dad Simon and their three year old son Ollie, were supported at Magnolia House – free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation run by The Sick Children’s Trust