West Wales’ first Cardiac 3D scanner is a Christmas cracker

The first 3D scanner in West Wales has arrived in the Cardiac Centre at Morriston Hospital, with help from a 15 year old boy from Swansea.

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Back in February 2010, schoolboy Mitchell Powell, who has been a patient at the Cardiac Centre in Morriston since he was a baby, took it upon himself to hold a fund-raising event. Since Mitchell was born he has had various heart procedures, valve replacements and pacemakers. This charity event was his way of giving something back.

The aim was to raise money for West Wales’ first Trans Oesophaeal Echocardiography Scanning Machine 3D scanner. The charity night was a huge success and raised £3,000 with raffle donations from Liverpool FC who donated signed shirts and footballs; even the local hairdresser and dentists popped along to donate money.

The event also drew the attention of the British Heart Foundation Cymru, who had already agreed to contribute towards the cost of the scanner and helped raise £31,000 towards the final cost of £97,000.

The Morriston League of Friends also donated £10,000 which was raised by holding a charity golf day at Morriston Golf Club.

Dr Adrian Ionescu, Consultant Cardiologist, said:

“This is great news for us. The new 3D scanning machine has allowed consultants to see with increased precision the patient’s heart before cardiac procedures, and help us decide the best course of action for the patient.

The support and fundraising efforts from all concerned have been outstanding. The local BHF fundraising branches and the Neath Port Talbot Group and local volunteers all raised money for the scanner. Also local companies like Rowland UK and ‘Pick-Up Spares’ to name just a few; people have been very generous. Thank you all.”

Jayne Lewis, Fundraising and Volunteer Manager for the British Heart Foundation added:

“The BHF Cymru has worked extremely hard and we are delighted that we were able to raise this money within seven months.”

Due to the demand for this equipment, ABM has since purchased a second 3D scanner for the Cardiac Unit at Morriston, which is used daily in the echocardiography department.

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