Alba, now four, had just a 50 per cent chance of survival when she was born with transposition of the great arteries (TGA), a rare condition where the arteries leaving the heart run the wrong way. But four life-saving operations later, Alba is now able to live her life like any other four-year-old, only needing to return for checks at Blackpool Victoria Hospital every six months. As the UK marked World Heart Day on Thursday September 29, Alba, from Thornton, was keen to do something in her own way to raise awareness.
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Alba said: “I love Blackpool and love seeing the tower – I’m so excited to be able to turn on the lights and see the red tower for this special day.” Alba’s mother, Alejandra, added: “world heart day is an occasion that we celebrate every year in our family.
“This is a chance to recognize the bravery of all those who have and continue to battle coronary heart disease every day. More importantly, this is a day to raise awareness of heart disease in all its forms, raise awareness for all world and inspire people to seek treatment checked even if they have the slightest symptoms.” This year we are delighted to be part of World Heart Day, especially with this event taking place in Blackpool. Alba is delighted to light up Blackpool to honor all heart warriors touched by hearts. sickness. Alba underwent life-saving surgery just hours after she was born at Liverpool Women’s Hospital in November 2017. She was later transferred to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool for open-heart surgery to correct the position. arteries at just eight days old. The brave little girl then suffered serious complications, including sepsis and pneumonia, but was able to return home for her first Christmas. Complications at her birth eventually led Alba to return. g to Alder Hey Hospital the following year, where she remained three months. Alejandra and her father, Danny, were first told they would never conceive naturally and were on a waiting list for IVF when they found out they were 10 weeks pregnant with Alba.
It was during the 20-week scan at Blackpool Victoria Hospital that they were told their baby girl had TGA and had a 50 per cent chance of survival. routine checkups and treatments, and as we light up for awareness this year, we hope to encourage others to become aware of the symptoms and causes. Dominate this World Heart Day in Alba, a young girl who, despite all the obstacles, lives her life to the fullest.