THE girl behind a campaign to equip 10 schools in the Henley area with life-saving equipment is to have surgery later this month.
Millie Roberts, who has a heart and lung condition, will be fitted with a device that will allow her heart rate to be continuously monitored.
The Reveal Insertable Cardiac Monitor will be implanted just beneath the skin in her chest during a simple procedure to be carried out at Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London.
The device will monitor and record heart rhythms in the form of an electrocardiogram.
Millie’s mother Sarah said: “The device is like a memory stick and will allow us to have 365-day monitoring of her heart rhythm.
“We will be given software which means we can download information from the device and we can speak to a doctor on the phone without having to go to hospital.”
Miss Roberts was inspired by her daughter to launch the Millie’s Dream appeal in September to raise £15,000 to buy a defibrillators for 10 primary schools.
The appeal not only hit its target but raised a further £2,000 and Mrs Roberts plans to donate machines to other schools in the area.
Miss Roberts, of King’s Road, Henley, spent Christmas with her sister and her husband and their two children, who also live in the town, and family who visited from Sweden.
She said: “It was a traditional English Christmas with turkey and all the trimmings. It was very special as it included a celebration for reaching our appeal target by Christmas.”
It was an extra special celebration for Millie as she turned seven on Boxing Day.
Her main birthday present was a keyboard and she hopes to take piano lessons when she goes back to Rupert House School in Henley after the school holidays. Her Christmas presents included a doll, carry case and pram.
Miss Roberts is now concentrating on the next stage of her campaign.
She wants to buy special cases that would allow the defibrillators to be stored on an outside wall of the schools so they are available to the general public outside school opening hours. Each case costs £600.
Miss Roberts added: “I would like to thank all the Henley Standard readers and others for their support.”