Torphins Mum to put best foot forward for charity

Torben Chaplain
Torben Chaplain

A Deeside mother is putting her best foot forward and organising a fundraising dance in aid of the hospital that saved her son’s life.

Torphins woman Kelly Anderson Chaplain gave birth on St. Andrew’s Day (November 30) last year to a boy who she named Torben.

But tragedy struck nine days later after a midwife spotted a defect in the newborn.

Kelly told The Piper: “Tor was admitted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he was diagnosed with a heart defect called coarctation of the aorta, which was placing huge pressure on his heart... We were advised that this condition was life threatening, and he was immediately placed on life support. He was rushed to Yorkhill by air ambulance, and 12 hours later he underwent emergency surgery to correct the defect.”

But there was a happy ending: “After spending time in Yorkhill, Torben came home with us safe and sound, in time for his first Christmas, and since then he has been a healthy, happy little boy.”

Now she has organised a dance in Torphin’s Learney Hall on Torben’s first birthday (Saturday, November 30).

The dance will be held from 8pm - 1am. There will be a licenced bar, and a raffle and buffet. Tickets are available, priced at £10 for a single, or at £15 for a double ticket. To book, contact Kelly on 07542726976 or from Platform 22.