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LoveQuiltsUK - Rachel H's quilt

Rachel H's quilt    (Quilt Closed)

Born:May 2011
Illness: Hypoplastic right heart syndrome. 3p25.3 deletion syndrome.

Theme: Hearts and Teddy bears

Date opened: 24th Oct 2018
Date closed: 28th Oct 2018
Deadline: 25th Feb 2019

Photo of Rachel H

Theme details

Hearts and Teddy bears - Please include Winnie the Pooh & a Paddington bear if possible

Child Interests

Musical sounds, bright lights, trampolining, dogs, unicorns.
Purples & pinks.


Rachel was born in May 2011 after a traumatic delivery. She was handed to dad while they worked on me. She weighed 5lbs 7.5ozs. At a few days old the midwife noticed she was a dusky colour & asked a dr to look at her. She was scanned & taken to NICU. They diagnosed her with a congenital heart defect & told us her plumbing needed “ re jigged” with an operation now, 1 at age 5 & possibly 1 at 10 but she’d have a normal life.
We were transferred next day to Glasgow’s sick kids hospital where we were told Rachel had 36 hours to live & a less than 30% chance of surviving any surgery. She was the sickest baby in the hospital. The diagnosis was a million miles away from what we’d previously been told. She had pulmonary atresia with an intact septum, critical aortic stenosis , hypolplastic right ventricle & a patent ductus arteriosis. In layman’s terms she had half a heart...& the half she did have was affected too. They put a hole in her heart to let blood flow as her other organs were now compromised. The next day she went to the cath lab & they ballooned her aortic valve. Later that afternoon they took her to theatre & placed a central shunt. All this & not even a week old. She was on intravenous feed as they weren’t sure her gut would tolerate food. We eventually got home when she was 9 weeks old. She was ng fed at this point.
A few weeks after we got home we got the news that she had a an extremely rare chromosome deletion called 3p25.3 deletion syndrome. There are only about 50 known cases worldwide .
Rachel is severely delayed, non-verbal and unable to walk, sit or stand but despite all this she is a happy wee girl with the most infectious of laughs.
At 16 months old she had her 2nd open heart surgery where they performed a Glenn procedure. The op was a success & we got home in just over a week. She will require a 3rd op to complete the Fontan but shows no signs of needing it just now.
At 3 years old she had her ng tube taken away & a peg placed for feeding, she now has a button, she is 100% tube fed. She has lots of hospital appts for her eyes, hearing, dietitian etc but it’s worth it. Her epilepsy at present is well controlled thankfully. Her chromosome deletion has also caused her to miss a copy of the VHL gene. This makes her susceptible to growing tumours so she is monitored closely for this.
She is 7 now & has an afternoon placement at a wonderful school where she enjoys lots of sensory activities, rebound therapy & music therapy.
Rachel is very lucky to be alive as her condition was not picked up in any antenatal scans & we are extremely lucky to have her in our lives.


1.Patchwork bear from LQ files Stitcher: Paula Dewar, Glasgow, Scotland
In Progress

2.Ursula Michael design Coloured hearts with words Live laugh and love Stitcher: Shirley, Worthing, Sussex, England
In Progress

3.Winnie the pooh and Friends booklet by Designer Stitches DS29 Winnie the pooh sitting on a lot with a jar of honeyStitcher: Heather, Littleborough, England
In Progress

4.Stitching the night away. Valentine heart.Stitcher: Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK
In Progress

5.Etsy climbing goat designs Geometric squares heartStitcher: Katie Lacy, Leamington Spa, UK

6.Designer Stitches Winnie the Pooh Months of the Year in Cross Stitch - September. Winnie the Pooh sitting on some grass writing P on a chalkboard. I will try to change the P to an R.Stitcher: Lynda Ashcroft, Weston-super-Mare, England
In Progress

7.Disney DPPF032: A Day in the Life of Winnie the Pooh Pooh Bear riding a bikeStitcher: Ann, Billericay, UK
In Progress

8.Book by Gillian Souter - Storybook Favourites in Cross Stitch. Paddington Bear sitting on his suitcase. Will put some sort of border round him as design is a little small.Stitcher: Diana, Sussex, UK
In Progress

9.Sheena Rogers Teddy Bear Treats Stitcher: Jane Senior, Morecambe, UK
In Progress

10.Selection of Redford from dm c creative world teddy bearsStitcher: Ann Woods, Crimplesham, England

11.DMC loveable bear kit Bear with heart jumper and borderStitcher: Nicola, St Albans, UK

12.Label Stitcher: Jeanne, Texas, USA
In Progress

Squares received

Cross stitch square for Rachel H's quilt
Stitched by: Katie Lacy
Submitted: Nov 2018

Cross stitch square for Rachel H's quilt
Stitched by: Ann Woods
Submitted: Nov 2018

Cross stitch square for Rachel H's quilt
Stitched by: Nicola
Submitted: Oct 2018

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