The father of a baby with a life-threatening birth defect has asked for help entering a team into an endurance race to raised funds for charity.
Wyatt Makwana, from Castle Bytham, was born in April with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, known as CDH.
His parents Brian Makwana and Sam Orner have spent most of Wyatt’s life with him in hospital, and owe a huge debt of gratitude to the CDH UK charity for helping them cope with the situation.
Wyatt is still in hospital and may not get home for another nine months. But his father is already raising funds for CDH UK and has his heart set on entering a team into the Rat Race Dirty Weekend at Burghley House in May next year.
Spaces in the 20-mile endurance course are filling up fast and Brian and his team of nine friends are desperate not to miss out. They have appealed to businesses and community groups for help funding their entry fees, which total £1,500 for the team.
Brian, 28, who works for HSBC in Stamford, said: “The overall and main reason I want to take on this challenge is because I have endured and seen what Wyatt has had to go through for such a young baby and I want to show him later in life that when he looks at his own pictures and the pictures of me completing the Rat Race that you can do whatever you want to in life with drive and determination.”
Brian also wants to raise as much awareness of the condition as he can. Infants with CDH are born with their abdominal organs pushed up into their lungs. This can cause severe respiratory problems. Treatment often involved a heart-lung bypass and a tracheostomy.
Although it occurs in one in every 2,500 babies, CDH is far less well known than cystic fibrosis, which is just as common. CDH has a survival rate of just 50 per cent.
If you would like to help Brian’s team call 07974 524117 or 01780 411412, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org