Boy born with half a heart has disability benefits taken away – on his 8th birthday

Benefit tales

A boy born with half a heart had benefits used to help provide him essential 24-hour care taken away on his birthday.

Ben Gamble, who attends Whitley Primary School, was born without a left ventricle meaning his heart only has one pump instead of two – making it difficult for blood to be pumped around his body.

He has undergone five heart operations, has been resuscitated twice, and will need a transplant if he is to reach adulthood. The youngster, who refers to his chest scars as his ‘zip’, also faces his next operation around Christmas time.

His conditions severely limits his ability to undertake physical activity, such as playing with friends, and he can’t even take on the 500-metre walk to school from his house without having to stop to rest.  Once at school, his ability to concentrate is affected by restricted blood flow to his brain and he…

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