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A girl with a heart defect who needed major surgery just a day after she was born is on the road to recovery and celebrated her second birthday last month.
Felicity Carrigan has an undersized heart and her parents Louise Daynes, 22, and Joshua Carrigan, 23, spent two weeks in hospital with her before she was able to come home.
They then found out that the surgery had not been successful and Felicity had to undergo another life-threatening operation aged just five months. That operation was successful and Ms Daynes, from Riverdene Mews, Taverham, said she was now fighting fit and parading around like a normal two-year-old.
She said: “Her character is certainly starting to show. She attends DnD childcare nursery in Taverham two days a week, which she adores. She loves painting and playing outdoors, but she still needs to be watched 24/7, and all family members are aware of the signs to look out for should there ever be a problem.
“I really struggled with Felicity’s recovery, mainly because of what I witnessed – seeing Felicity with her chest open and heart swollen was not a great sight, but I am getting there.
“Felicity attends Great Ormond Street children’s hospital every six to nine months for a heart scan to see whether her artery has narrowed – luckily, it was the same size at her last check-up.”
Seven months after her daughter’s birth, Ms Daynes started raising money for the children’s hospital, in thanks for saving her life, and in June last year she and her friend Katie Garbutt took part in the RBC Race for the Kids event in London.
Ms Daynes, who works as a legal assistant at Cozens-Hardy LLP in Norwich, added: “Joshua and I are continuing to raise money for this fantastic charity. I’m biking around Ibiza with the Great Ormond Street team on May 2 next year. It will be a two-day challenge and about 100 miles. I don’t work out or anything, so it will certainly be different from my office job. Joshua, who is a plumbing and heating engineer, recently ran the Spartan Race in Cambridge and came 23rd out of over 3,500 entrants. He has raised about £400 for the hospital. It was Felicity’s second birthday on September 28 and, to celebrate, we had a collection for the hospital and raised over £300. Adding these figure to the total raised in June 2012 means we have raised over £3,000 for the hospital.”
Her donation page for next May’s cycle challenge is: www.justgiving.com/loudaynes