Treat after three heart operations

PUBLISHED: 13:43 08 May 2014 | UPDATED: 13:43 08 May 2014

Sam Tucker enjoyed his day in Bath.

Sam Tucker enjoyed his day in Bath.

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THREE major heart operations before he reached his fourth birthday showed Sam Tucker was a battler.

The left-hand side of his heart was undeveloped and meant he had to undergo several procedures, prolonged periods staying in hospital and one doctors appointment after another.

However Sam, thanks to the work of staff at Bristol Children’s Hospital, has made huge progress and now aged 14, he took part in a special day out at Bath Rugby Club where he got to see a battle of a different sort.

Sam, who lives in Weston, joined 14 other youngsters who have suffered major heart defects, to form a guard of honour for players as they stepped onto the pitch in their recent league match at The Rec against Worcester.

Gavin Tucker praised doctors for all their help in looking after his son, as well as the club for its hospitality.

He added: “The staff at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children have been phenomenal with Sam.

“We are in regular contact with the cardiac liaison team and I would like to thank them for providing Sam with the opportunity to meet the Bath rugby players, which was a highlight.

“This was Sam’s first ever live sport event and I suspect he is now a Bath rugby fan for life.

“We had a wonderful day. I would like to say a special thank you to Bath Rugby Club for giving these children this unique experience which I am sure they will never forget.”

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