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Dad Gets A Tattoo Exactly The Same As Son's Scar After Heart Surgery

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Dad Gets A Tattoo Exactly The Same As Son's Scar After Heart Surgery

Sometimes tattoos can be meaningless, but when they do have a meaning, usually they're very powerful.

Dad Richard Davies may have gotten the most powerful tattoo of them all, in attempt to show his son he's not alone.

Davies' son, Bobby, had to have open heart surgery because he was born with half a heart due to a birth defect. He was left with a scar down his chest, so his dad decided to tattoo the same scar.

He paid £200 and spent two hours getting it done, but you really can't put a price or time on making your son feel okay.

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Speaking of the diagnosis, Richard's partner and Bobby's mum, Natasha, said: "Our world came crashing down around us.

"Neither of us had any knowledge of congenital heart defects and didn't know what this would mean for our baby.

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"We were given three options; surgery when he was born, supportive comfort care meaning we would let him be born with no intervention and allow him to live for as long as he could or a termination.

"As you can imagine at 22 weeks gestation, I was inconsolable.

"But my husband and I both knew straight away that we would fight for our baby.

"No matter what. So we did. I had frequent scans and was monitored closely through the rest of my pregnancy."

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Thankfully young Bobby was born fairly healthily for his condition, weighing 7lbs and was able to breathe by himself.

Because he could breathe by himself it meant that surgery wasn't necessary straight away. Instead they had a bit of time before he underwent a Bi directional Cavo Pulmonary Shunt in October when he was three months old.

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"The one person we couldn't have got through this without is my amazing husband Richard," Natasha said. "His unwavering support has been like no other and Bobby and I are lucky to have him.

"His tattoo of Bobby's scar will remind him forever that he isn't alone, and we will be there for him all the way.

"We want to spread awareness of this as congenital heart diseases are more common than you might expect."

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She continued: "We want to help as many families as possible face the ongoing heartache and uncertain futures that having a child with only half a heart can face."

Bobby will have to undergo more surgery between the age of three and five to help support his heart as he grows.

He's already a little hero.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Surgery, Tattoo

Mark McGowan
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