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Little Darren’s captured our hearts

Wigan Council staff members Scott Prentice, Kieran Devlin, and Warren Kenny, right, with Darren Bandcroft, six, now planning fund-raising events, including the Great Manchester Run, to fund a trip to Disney World

Wigan Council staff members Scott Prentice, Kieran Devlin, and Warren Kenny, right, with Darren Bandcroft, six, now planning fund-raising events, including the Great Manchester Run, to fund a trip to Disney World

A LITTLE boy born with his major organs the wrong way round is facing a high risk op which is his only chance of survival.

And council workmen have been so moved by Darren Bandcroft’s plight that they have launched a charity drive to get him and his family to Disney World afterwards.

The Beech Hill six-year-old is also beset by a host of other disabilities, yet he is a cheery young lad who manages to attended a maintstream Wigan school, albeit for reduced hours because he tires so easily.

Darren first hit the headlines as a baby because his mum Shelley died just hours after giving birth to him. His dad Frank Newman and auntie Wendy Heaton were then faced with caring for a youngster who, due to a freak of nature about 12 weeks through his gestation in the womb, was left with a catalogue medical challenges.

He has had several brushes with death already and in the coming months faces a third operation which is called a fontan procedure which effectively re-plumbs his heart. Survival rates are little better than 50-50, but there is no alternative and time is running out. If successful it should keep him alive while he awaits a heart transplant.

Council plaster Kieran Devlin heard Darren’s story and he and colleague Scott Prentice are now rallying as many friends and relatives round as possible to take part in May’s Manchester 10k run to pay for a well-deserved dream holiday in Florida.

READ ALL ABOUT IT IN THIS WEEK’S WIGAN OBSERVER ...

 

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