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Norfolk teacher running marathon for hospital which saved her baby

Melissa Baines (second from right) is running the 2018 London Marathon Photo: Melissa Baines

A Norfolk teacher will be donning her trainers and running the London Marathon this weekend to raise money for the hospital which saved her son.

Melissa Baines' son 21 month old son Linus was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome and has already had two open heart surgeries at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Linus had his first open heart surgery when he was 8 weeks old Credit: Melissa Baines

"When born Linus was born he was taken into Intensive Care and at just 2 days old he had his first ever echo (heart scan). When he was 6 weeks old he became very blue and two weeks later had his first open heart surgery. We were in hospital a total of 10 days post surgery- Linus showed off his true fighting spirit."

– Melissa Baines

Linus had his second surgery at heart surgery at 15 months. He may still have to have one more but Melissa, a science teacher at The ​Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham, says he is full of energy.

Credit: Melissa Baines

"I have lost count of how many times Linus has had SATs monitored, ECHOSand ECGs , chest x-rayed, blood pressure and temperature taken, as well as bloods drawn but everything that our son has had done has been because of GOSH and I can not be more grateful. So this is my chance to try to give back".

– Melissa Baines
Melissa in training Credit: Melissa Baines

Melissa says training while looking after a toddler has been challenging but is determined to complete the 26.2 miles. There's more information on her fundraising page.

The marathon will take place on Sunday, 22nd April.

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