Parents' relief after heart op boy McKenzie Kimpton finally takes medicine
A LITTLE boy with a rare heart condition is finally taking his medicine, says his relieved mother.
McKenzie Kimpton, 4, of east Hull, suffers from Alcapa, where the left heart artery is misplaced and not enough oxygen is pumped around his body.
He pulled through a vital operation in July, beating grim 80 per cent odds that he would not survive.
McKenzie refused medicine to help regulate his blood pressure, which put him at risk of a heart attack.
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However, McKenzie, who recently went home after surgery, is now taking his medicine and is looking forward to joining his family on a break to Butlins in Skegness this week.
His mum Emma Jones said: "It's a relief he is finally taking his medicine. He realises now if he doesn't take his medicine he will be back in hospital.
"The doctors have increased the strength of his medicine, which means he only has to take one dose daily, rather than four, less powerful doses previously.
"It has really helped."
Emma and partner Sam Kimpton, of east Hull, say their trip away – paid for using cash from well-wishers' fundraising efforts – will be just the tonic after months of worry and trips down the M62 to Leeds.
She said: "We all need a break. It has been so exhausting. It will be nice to spend some time together as a family."
Emma says she and her partner are especially looking forward to spending time with their other children Joshua, 2, Maddison, 1, and eight-month- old Alfie.
"It has been hard for everyone," she said.
But McKenzie is not out of danger yet, said Emma.
The left side of his heart is still very enlarged.
Emma said: "He has an appointment next month at Leeds General Infirmary.
"We should know then if the surgery has been successful.
"We have to wait because it takes a while for swelling to go down after the operation.
"We are all keeping our fingers crossed."
Emma said McKenzie is likely to need further operations to shrink his heart, however it is possible the organ will repair itself in time.
Emma said: "We're just waiting for him to get over this last operation."
McKenzie does not understand the concept of holidays, said Emma.
"He has never been on one before so he doesn't really understand," she said.
"But he knows they are fun and that's all that matters. We can't wait."