Dad to jump for kids’ ward

31st May 2011'Adam Cockroft is raising cash for the heart sugery unit at the LGI after his little boy Kyle was treated there. He was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries  and needed surgery aged only 9 days old.'Pictured: Adam and Kyle with Zoe Shepherd.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
31st May 2011'Adam Cockroft is raising cash for the heart sugery unit at the LGI after his little boy Kyle was treated there. He was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries and needed surgery aged only 9 days old.'Pictured: Adam and Kyle with Zoe Shepherd.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

A DEVOTED dad plans to leap from a plane to raise cash for doctors and nurses who saved his son’s life.

Adam Cockroft and Zoe Shepherd’s little boy Kyle had to undergo massive heart surgery when he was just eight days old.

He was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called transposition of the great arteries, which affected the flow of oxygen to his brain.

Mr Cockroft, 32, of Billingham Close, Wrenthorpe, said: “Kyle was really close to death. He was so ill he really shouldn’t be here today and the fact he is, is all down to the doctors and nurses who saved him.”

Later this month Mr Cockroft will complete a sponsored parachute jump to raise cash for the staff on the children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

He plans to raise around £1,500 to show his gratitude for their commitment to looking after Kyle, who is now happy, healthy, 13-month-year-old.

Mr Cockroft said: “They think he might have slight brain damage from the lack of oxygen he had before the operation but it won’t affect his development.

“On his left side his legs and arms are weaker than they should be but that can be helped with physiotherapy.

“He’s very happy and loving and myself and Zoe are so grateful for everything the hospital staff did, he owes his life to them really.”

He and his partner Zoe, 34, have also backed the campaign to save the under threat unit from closure under controversial government plans.

He said: “Even if the worse does happen and it is closed, I’ve been assured that it will not happen for a couple of years so the money I’ve raised will still be used to support the staff.”

The parachute jumps takes place at Bridlington Airfield on June 26.

To sponsor Mr Cockroft visit www.justgiving.com/adam-cockroft