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Campaigning for Chloe.
Friday 9th May 2014 @ 17:30 by Anna Fletcher

Chloe Astley

A couple are launching an awareness campaign after their baby daughter was born with a little-known condition.

Kate Wilde and Conrad Astley found out at the 20 week scan that their daughter Chloe suffered from Situs Inversus with Dextrocardia.

This means her internal organs are ‘flipped over’ with her heart being on the right hand side and stomach on the left.
Chloe, who was born at Tameside Hospital, is now one-year-old and doing well.

But the couple from Hyde have launched their campaign with the intention to make more people aware of the condition.

Fewer than one in 10,000 people have Situs Inversus, and when Kate and Conrad attempted to find out information themselves, they discovered a lack of available information.

In fact, they say even some people in the medical profession they spoke with had never heard of it.
There was also a lack of information available on the internet.

Graphic designer Kate, 34, said: “We tried hard to research the condition and its consequences before Chloe was born, but we couldn’t really find out anything.

“The only information there was seemed incredibly scientific.
“We’re not criticising the medical professionals at all, we had amazing service from Tameside Hospital and especially from Karen Murray, the hospital’s screening midwife.

“It’s been a really tough time for us, but we’re now ready to turn a negative situation into a positive one – first by raising awareness about this rare condition, but also by trying to create a support network for people who have Situs Inversus or who care for those that do.

They’re asking anyone who wants to help them raise awareness to join in by posting pictures of their own teddy bears on the same pages.

You can join the Facebook page Total Situs Inversus with Dextrocardia or you can follow the campaign on Twitter @milesandmonkey or @kindercreative

More on this story in this week’s (8th May) Tameside Reporter.