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Our Children

Be Brave Bears is a charitable organisation run by volunteers who send personalised keepsake bears to children who are terminally ill or have life limiting conditions. Each of our bears is sponsored by businesses, groups or families, meaning these bears are free of charge to the children. Once complete each bear is placed in a special keepsake bag and given to the child complete with a numbered certificate. Once the child has received their bear the sponsor will receive a thank you photograph via e-mail of the completed bear and a sponsorship certificate with the name of the child who you have sponsored. Each bear is allocated a number and will appear on our Roll of Honour. If the child on this page has already been sponsored, but due to the timing of the previous sponsorship it has not yet been removed from this area, your sponsorship will be automatically allocated to the child next on the list (Priority order). This seldom happens but we must highlight that it can occur.

Reavie-Mai Louisa Ann Simpson

Age 1

Hospital: Leeds General Infirmary

Note: Bear pictured may not be the bear given to the child (most of the time it is though)

Reavie-Mai Louisa Ann Simpson’s Medical condition...

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Narrowed Pulmonary Arteries, Narrowed Pulmonday Veins.

A bit about Reavie-Mai Louisa Ann Simpson...

Reavie-Mai was diagnosed with HLHS at 21 weeks & born at 40 weeks. Reavie-Mai was taken straight to SCUBU we’re she spent 24 hours & then was transferred to HDU (high dependency ward) whilst she waited for a date for surgery. Reavie-Mai received her Norwood Surgery At 5 days old & spent 9 days in intensive care, and then was transferred back onto the high dependency ward. Reavie-Mai spent a total of 31/3 weeks in hospital untill she was discharged! 3 weeks after being discharged Reavie-Mai was re-admitted into hospital for an infected scar wound & spent another 7 days in hospital on antibiotics. Reavie-mai received the second stage of surgery the Glenn at just under 6 months old were they found she also had narrrowed pulmonary veins & arteries. Reavie-mai really struggled after her second surgery with her oxygen levels which stayed low and sometimes requiring up to 20L of oxygen to stabilise her oxygen levels! Reavie-Mai was discharged after 21/2 weeks! Along with 2 open heart surgery’s Reavie has also unger gone some serious procedures. Reavie-Mai is the happiest smiliest content baby & lights up our world with her her huge smile! She is our little miracle and is so strong! She has a very special bond with her older sister (Lily-Mai aged 5) who she truly adores! I would love for Reavie-Mai to receive a special bear for her strength and determination!

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