Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dad So Proud of His Brave Little Miracle; TWO-YEAR-OLD TAYLOR ON THE MEND AFTER MAJOR HEART OP

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dad So Proud of His Brave Little Miracle; TWO-YEAR-OLD TAYLOR ON THE MEND AFTER MAJOR HEART OP

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Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG

TAYLOR Rutherford's dad calls her "his little miracle", and these pictures prove he's right.

It's just a week since the toddler underwent a ground-breaking operation to cure four lifethreatening heart conditions. And, incredibly, the brave twoyear-old is already watching her Disney favourites on TV and looking to a brighter future.

Taylor came into the world with three holes in her heart, back-tofront heart valves, deformed airways and only one lung.

Her parents Dave Rutherford and Carol-Anne Richardson were told to brace themselves for the worst as they prepared for her birth at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary in 2007.

The couple, from West Allotment, North Tyneside, were advised to consider a termination when the killer defects were revealed in a 20-week scan but they decided to give their girl a chance.

A five-strong team of doctors stood by for a transfer to the RVI's special care baby unit as 7lb Taylor began her fight for life.

Last week, surgeons at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital made the make-or-break decision to press ahead with the complex eight-hour operation.

Now, Taylor's rapid recovery from her broken heart has amazed medics.

Dave calls his daughter "our little miracle" and is astonished at her progress.

The 35-year-old civil servant said: "Taylor got thorough her operation fine and is doing brilliantly. "It's astounding how brave she is. She's always been a fighter from the moment she was born.

"We just hope that this is it for Taylor and she can start to have a normal life like any other little girl.

"We've had her around the ward for a few walks and she's been colouring in and playing with her teddy bears.

"The surgeons say they are extremely happy with how the operation went.

"We've been told that Taylor shouldn't need any more operations which is a huge relief.

"Because this type of operation hadn't been carried out before it was going into the unknown a bit for everyone.

"But she's quickly getting back to her normal self and seems healthier and happier already."

After the open-heart operation, Taylor was expected to be in intensive care for a week but was moved to a recovery ward after just a few days. …

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