Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Road to Recovery for Grace; Three-Year-Old a Warrior at Heart

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Road to Recovery for Grace; Three-Year-Old a Warrior at Heart

Article excerpt

Grace Moore

The three year-old was the youngest person in the world to undergo a new cardiac procedure last week at the Queensland Children's Hospital in Brisbane;

She underwent a successful four hour-long Personalised External Aortic Root Support to remove an aneurysm from the aorta;

Grace and her parents are currently residing at the Ronald McDonald House in South Brisbane.

SEAN

FOX

sean.fox@capnews.com.au

LITTLE Grace Moore doesn't know it yet, but she is one of the world's most special children.

Last week at the Queensland Children's Hospital in Brisbane, the three-year-old Stanwell girl became the youngest person ever to undergo a new cardiac procedure.

After a successful four hour-long Personalised External Aortic Root Support (PEARS), the youngster was "doing very well" and as her mother told The Morning Bulletin, had "found her sass" again.

Grace's mother Rebekka Moore said her daughter didn't need to be put on a bypass machine which was "one of the major benefits of this surgery because it's less invasive".

Ms Moore described the ground-breaking procedure.

"They go in through the sternum, open it up, it's a compression sock that goes around the dilated aorta," she said.

"It means she gets to keep her own body parts, she doesn't have to have bovine in there or eventually have a mechanical valve, this potentially means Gracie doesn't need to be on any medication."

This major surgery has saved Grace's life and her quick recovery is testament to her inner strength.

Remarkably, all the little one wanted to do following the surgery was play.

Her bubbly personality is also back.

"I never would have thought after heart surgery, a kid would be up on their feet as quickly as she has been," Ms Moore said.

Looking back

What could have led to Grace's need for such a procedure? …

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