Help our Babies' Hearts appeal: Eamonn Holmes backs festive campaign ... will you join him?
Eamonn Holmes is backing the Belfast Telegraph's campaign supporting a major research study aimed at ending congenital heart disease in babies.
Describing it as "vital research", the popular television presenter urged the public to support our Christmas appeal – Chest Heart & Stroke's Baby Hearts Appeal.
Running until Christmas Eve, it will help to fund major research in Belfast, the Baby Hearts Study.
The research will be led by Professor Helen Dolk and her team, working in collaboration with Dr Frank Casey and Dr Brian Craig from the Clark Clinic in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
Eamonn said: "I'm delighted to lend my support to such an important piece of research and I urge the Belfast Telegraph readers to show your support also to help our babies' hearts today.
"It's fantastic that this research is being funded by local people in Northern Ireland, led by Northern Ireland researchers and cardiologists in local universities and hospitals, but the outcome of this will have a global impact." Around 250 babies are born every year in Northern Ireland with congenital heart defects.
Roughly one-third of these will require open heart surgery or other interventional procedures.
If 800 new supporters donate at least £25 each, that will pay for 110 babies from across the province to take part in the study.
So far, generous donations have paid for 49 babies to participate.
A number of babies, young children and their families helped to launch the appeal in November.
Among them was three-month-old Joe Degnan from Larne.
In August he underwent surgery aged just six days old. His mother Kerri (32) said supporting crucial research was vital to helping babies like Joe.
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