A LYBSTER mother whose young son has a heart defect condition has given a vote of thanks to the people who backed her drive to raise thousands of pounds for a charity.
Two years ago, Scott Norris was airlifted from Caithness General Hospital in Wick to Glasgow Children’s Hospital after he fell seriously ill soon after birth.
Thanks to the quick actions of midwives at the hospital and medical staff in Glasgow, Scott is still here today.
His mother Rena Polson wanted to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and organised a thrift shop in her home village which raised the bumper sum of £4780.76.
Rena with her partner Graham Norris, Scott and his eight-year-old sister Erin travelled to the University of Glasgow Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences to present the money to the charity.
The money will be used to carry out research into children’s heart problems.
The thrift shop was held in the village’s Free Church Hall and Miss Polson was amazed by the number of people who turned up.
She said “Individuals came from as far afield as Bettyhill, Brora, Golspie, Melvich and even Inverness to support us.
“It was an event that was held with help from members of the family and volunteers from the community.
“It just started off as a baking stall and pieces of bric and brac but people were very generous with donations.
“There was a lot of support from people in Lybster and it shows what a great community it is.
“Those involved in the charity in Glasgow were overwhelmed by how much money a small community could raise.”
Businesses in Caithness were also touched by Scott’s story and made donations.
Scott has a rare heart defect which was shown up on a scan at Caithness General.
After having surgery when he was 10 days old and three months old and a six-month stay in the Glasgow hospital, he is now doing well.
Miss Polson said the quick thinking of staff at Caithness General to identify the problem is the reason Scott is still here today.
She said: “At just one week old, we took him into the hospital and their quick thinking and professionalism helped identify there was a problem.
“The midwives realised the seriousness of the situation and got him flown straight to Glasgow Children’s Hospital.
“As they were about to airlift him from Wick, the staff insisted I gave him a cuddle.
“It was like I was saying goodbye to him.
“The midwives at Caithness General saved Scott’s life and I will always be grateful to them.”
Miss Polson said Scott will still require surgery for his heart condition over the next two years before he starts school but is able to live a normal life.
“He’s got further operations to go but he is a strong-willed little boy,” she said.
“He is living life to the full.”