OPEN-HEART OP FOR TOT OLD 22 HOURS; Wee Fighter Toby Makes Amazing Recovery after Record-Breaking Surgery
Byline: Chris Musson
A BABY has made the record books by having open-heart surgery when he was just 22 hours old.
Toby Dring endured the 12-hour operation after a health problem was identified while he was still in the womb.
He is the youngest patient in the UK, and one of the youngest in the world, to have open-heart surgery.
Yesterday, his mum Sophie, 25, said: "He's my little fighter. It's great if he is one of the world's youngest but, to me, records don't matter too much.
"What's more important is that he's alive."
Sophie found out Toby had a problem when she went for her 20-week scan.
Doctors broke the news that her baby had hypoplastic left heart syndrome - a condition which affects one in 5000 babies.
Sophie said: "To say I was beside myself was an understatement.
It was awful.
"The doctor said I had three choices - terminate the pregnancy there and then, do nothing and watch him die, or have him and watch him go through all the surgery.
"Her advice was to terminate because she didn't want me to go through it all.
SCARED "After talking it through with my mum and dad, Jackie and Mark, I decided I would never be able to live with myself if I didn't have him. …