A brave teenager has done a skydive to raise money for a hospital which saved her life.

Kiran Dhaliwal, 16, of Southall , had a hole in her heart when she was two years old and had open heart surgery at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Around the time of a routine check-up earlier this year, she made a decision she wanted to give something back to the hospital so swallowed all fear, did a skydive on July 5, and raised £1,500 through a JustGiving page.

 

Kiran, a year 12 student at Greenford High in Lady Margaret Road, said: “I was wondering what I could do to give back because I would not be here if the surgery was not successful, and I have always wanted to skydive.

“I loved it. When I got up there the view was so nice I thought- wow.

“It felt like I was flying for so long but it was only two or three minutes.

“I was so scared I thought what have I got myself into, but the scare factor died down and then the excitement started building.

“It was a good experience and I would recommend it to anyone. I’m looking to do more events in the future.”

Kiran, who has just completed AS Levels in Geography, Maths and Economics, said her friends thought she was crazy but were proud of her.

She said her parents, fellow pupils and staff have all been supportive.

Kiran’s doctor told her in the last check-up that she was absolutely fine and could run a marathon.

The Headteacher, Mathew Cramer, said: “We are all incredibly proud of Kiran. 

“She has raised a significant amount of money for a hospital that not only helps so many children, but has saved the lives of Greenford High students in the past, and will do so again in the future. 

“Kiran has shown great personal determination and bravery in doing this.”