Battling baby boy Sol Brown is full of life – despite having already overcome two major operations before he even celebrates his first birthday.
Sol, aged 10 months, was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome – which means that side of the organ is underdeveloped – before he was even born.
The rare condition means the malformed right side of the heart is unable to pump sufficient blood to his lungs and can be fatal if not swiftly detected.
Parents Marilyn McKay and Wess Brown, who live in from Sea Winnings Way, South Shields, with Sol and his big brother Jay Brown, 7, were told the news at their 20 week scan.
It set up a gruelling schedule of hospital appointments for little Sol, who had a shunt fitted under his arm at just five days old to boost the blood supply in his body.
Then last month, Sol was back at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital for heart surgery and is due to go under the knife again at the age of five for the third and final stage of a pre-planned procedure to tackle the condition.
The care we have received from the hospital has been amazingSouth Shields tot Sol is full of life - after battling back from double surgery
Miss McKay, 28, is full of praise for the efforts of hospital staff, who have told her that Sol will now go on to live a full and normal life – even after making such a dramatic entry to the world.
The family are so delighted with their medical support that Miss McKay took little Sol along for a sponsored toddle at South Marine Park, South Shields, organised by the parent and toddler group at the People’s Mission Church in the town.
The event raised more than £200 for the hospital’s Children Heart Unit Fund (Chuf).
Miss McKay, who is a self-employed hairdresser, said; “It was a massive shock when we found about the condition at the scan. It is a rare condition, but my friend’s daughter also has the same condition. We felt like we had already lived with it.
“Her daughter is eight and is one of my son Jay’s best friends and she is doing really well. It was a big help to know someone going through the same thing.
“We have now been told to treat him as normal.
“He makes a liar out of me as he looks so well.
“He is hitting all his milestones and we have been told he could be Prime Minister in the future if he wants.
“The care we have received at the hospital has been amazing.”
For more information on the work of the children’s heart unit, visit www.chuf.org.uk.