Sunderland family’s £230,000 fundraising campaign pays for lifesaving hospital machine

A lifesaving machine has been donated to a North East hospital thanks to a £230,000 fundraising effort by a Sunderland family.

Sergio and Emma Petrucci, from Ashbrooke, raised the staggering total to purchase a Organ Care System (OCS) machine for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

The couple launched a drive to raise the funds back in 2016 after their daughter Luna, now five, received lifesaving surgery at the Freeman Hospital in 2015 to correct two congenital defects in her tiny heart.

After witnessing the heroic efforts of the team at CHUF they launched their fundraising drive to show their appreciation for saving Luna’s life.

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