Six-month-old Benjamin to spend Christmas in hospital recovering from life-saving op

Benjamin Evans, pictured at home in Forfar, suddenly became ill earlier this year.

A six-month-old baby will undergo life-saving surgery after doctors discovered he has two holes in his heart.

Benjamin Evans will travel to Glasgow with his parents Scott and Alice on Monday ahead of the operation which has been scheduled for Tuesday.

He was born seven weeks early in June, weighing just one-and-a-half pounds.

Doctors identified that Benjamin had Down’s syndrome prior to his birth.

After several weeks in a hospital incubator, he was allowed to go home.

But after five weeks as a “happy” baby, Benjamin suddenly became ill and was readmitted to hospital where doctors discovered two holes in his heart.

Alice, from Forfar, said: “I have two other children and it will be the first Christmas we haven’t been together.

“I’m dreading being apart from them.

“I just want my family to be together.

“Benjamin is a ray of sunshine in our lives — one of his gummy smiles and he makes everything better.

“Our brave wee moose is a fighter, all 11 pounds of him.

“I’m very proud and love him so, so much.”

Benjamin’s sister Lisa Rooney, 28, said that while the family are delighted that the operation is to go ahead, they are anxious about what’s ahead.

She said: “My dad Scott and step-mum Alice only got word last week that the operation was to go ahead next week.

“While it’s great news that Benjamin is finally going to receive this potentially life-saving surgery, everyone is very worried about the operation.

“It’s going to be such a big operation for such a tiny baby but we are trying to stay as positive as possible and are really hoping that it will be a success.

“In one way we have been dreading the operation coming around but it is good news that it is now here and Benjamin will get the surgery he needs to turn his life around.”

Lisa said that Benjamin would be in hospital over Christmas.

She said: “We were all hoping that we would be at home together with Benjamin for his first Christmas but instead he will be in hospital, hopefully recovering from his operation.

“His mum and dad will obviously be with him and my sister Ashley and I plan to travel down to spend Christmas Eve with him.

“We’re really excited about that and are hoping and praying that the operation goes well and that it will make a huge difference to Benjamin’s future.”

Lisa said that the family were very grateful to those who had helped raise £600 to pay for travel and accommodation for Scott and Alice.

She said: “Everyone has been fantastic and taken a lot of the financial pressure off my dad and Alice when they have got much more important things to worry about at this very difficult time for all of us.”