A TEESSIDE baby has defied the odds by surviving multiple heart operations and going on to live a normal life.
Hope Fletcher, one, has been in hospital several times undergoing heart surgery, all so she could live a normal life in the future.
Georgia-Rose Fletcher, 20 and her partner James are Hope’s parents and the ones who looked after her throughout her time in hospital.
Georgia said: “We realised quite early something wasn’t right as her heart rate was constantly dropping, then a few hours later they couldn’t find hopes heart rate and they rushed me straight into theatre for a C-section.”
“Within seconds of her being born they pressed the emergency red button and about 10 midwifes came running in took one look at her and took her out on a trolley whilst giving her CPR.
I didn’t know what was going on. I was worried for my baby’s life.”
Once treatment had taken place and Hope was stabilised, Doctors began to run tests, which is when they found out Hope had this illness.
Hope was transported to Freeman Hospital’s children’s unit, where she was given a procedure called a Balloon Septostomy due to the fact her old medication wasn’t working correctly to keep her heart valve open.
As a new mother as well as a teenager, this Ordeal was massive on Georgia, as she was left feeling understandably worried for her baby.
“I honestly thought she wouldn’t make it, I had never heard of her heart conditions before and I genuinely thought little babies couldn’t survive such a massive ordeal,” Georgia added.
Because of all her conditions Hope will be in and out of Hospital for the foreseeable future, so how will this affect her ability to live a normal life and childhood?
“We won’t really know until we are at that stage, she does get a little tired now and she’s still so small and she will have a constant struggle at putting on weight, so we can’t really say for certain,” Georgia added.
“We’re really hopeful for the future and that’s why she’s called Hope. She’s our little miracle.”