Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Baby, Lookat You Now

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Baby, Lookat You Now

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Byline: Sarah Stack

A Teesside baby fitted with a pacemaker at just two days old is now fighting fit.

Little James Souter, who was born with a life-threatening heart defect in March, was one of the youngest infants in the world to have the electronic device - the size of a 50p coin - fitted.

James was born suffering from a heart block, meaning his natural heartbeat was very low.

His birth, survival and continued good heath have amazed his parents Gavin Dunn and Michelle Souter, of Woodville Avenue, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough.

Michelle said: "James is doing brilliant. He is massive.

"He weighs just over 13lbs now, which is great because he still gets quite sick sometimes.

"But he has been great since we took him home. He loves it and we love having him here."

The couple were warned just 13 weeks into the pregnancy that their unborn child had a serious heart condition and that Michelle could miscarry at any time.

But both Gavin, 26, and Michelle, 22, were determined to continue with the pregnancy and have their baby. …

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