A MUM faced major surgery to save her life just weeks after losing her unborn baby.
Pregnant Leanne Bond’s world fell apart when a routine check-up at 37 weeks revealed her baby girl had died.
A week after giving birth to Angel Bond Minto, Leanne was allowed home but started to feel unwell with pains in her shoulder.
The 27-year-old, said: “Doctors found a blood clot had travelled from my pelvis to my heart.”
Leanne was transferred from Sunderland Royal Hospital to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle where medics performed heart surgery to remove the clot.
She said: “I was really ill and in hospital for six weeks. They told me I was very lucky to be alive.”
Leanne and her partner, Michael Minto, 29, of Buttermere Avenue, Easington Lane, have now taken part in a sponsored walk with friends and family at Penshaw Monument to raise money for stillbirth charity, 4Louis.
The pair are still trying to come to terms with the trauma of losing their daughter and Leanne’s brush with death.
She said: “It was so devastating. I had been fine all the way through the pregnancy and we had everything ready for her, I’d even bought a pink and grey pram.
“Angel wasn’t a name we had picked, but it just seemed the right one for her.
“Angel was perfect, there was nothing wrong with her, but the placenta didn’t provide her with enough oxygen.”
The McDonald’s worker added: “Michael never left my side throughout the whole thing. He has been my rock.”
Michael said: “I could have easily lost both of them – then where would I have been?”
Leanne, who is still on medication following her heart operation, said throwing themselves into raising funds for the 4Louis charity is helping them cope with their loss.
She added: “It’s giving us something to focus on, to support other people.”
The 4Louis charity was set up by Kirsty McGurrell, of Houghton, after her first child Louis was stillborn in 2009.
With the help of her family, she started making Sweet Dreams boxes, which include items such as a moulding kit for making casts of baby’s hands and feet, a candle, a guardian angel figure and teddies. The charity has gone from strength to strength and the boxes are now in 28 hospitals across the country.
For more information or to donate to the charity, visit www.4louis.co.uk