A baby who nearly died after being born with half a heart is now thriving seven months later – and his parents say the charity which helped them stay by his side during the ordeal was ‘a godsend’.
Claire Tulloh, 29, and husband Alex from Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead, were told at the 20-week scan that their son Teddy had hypoplastic left heart syndrome – meaning the left chamber of the heart does not develop properly.
Claire, who runs Barkers fish and chip shop in Queens Square, said: “They told us Teddy was very sick, and we thought we would lose him.”
The tot was born on March 4 weighing 7lbs, and was rushed to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for open-heart surgery when he was just two days old.
After two weeks of recovery he went home to be with his parents and two older sisters, six-year-old Kahlen and Emmie, one.
But after a month of making good progress, Teddy took a turn for the worst and suffered a cardiac arrest.
It took 35 minutes to resuscitate him, with doctors fearing that he would not survive and if he did, he would be brain damaged.
During the ordeal Claire, Alex, Kahlen and Emmie were given a room at Rainbow House – accommodation run by The Sick Children’s Trust.
Claire said: “It was a godsend. It meant we didn’t have to decide between being with Teddy or the girls.”
“We were close enough to be at Teddy’s bedside day or night if he needed us. He’s now going from strength to strength and shows no sign of the brain damage that the doctors were so worried about.
“He is a smiley, happy little boy who adores his older sisters and loves to play.
“Thanks to The Sick Children’s Trust, we were able to stay together as a family at the time when we needed it most.”
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