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Coleraine baby with Down’s Syndrome survives open heart surgery in London

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Coleraine baby with Down’s Syndrome survives open heart surgery in London thumbnailLittle Olivia Hope Connor is all smiles for the camera

A MIRACLE baby, who battled against the odds for survival, has just returned to her Coleraine home after undergoing open heart surgery in London.
Little Olivia Hope Connor's mum Laura was offered a termination several times after tests showed that her unborn child had Down's Syndrome and a potentially fatal heart condition.
But Laura, 29, from Coleraine, refused to give up hope.
She recalled: "When I had a scan on March 23 last year, when I was three months pregnant, the doctor said he was sorry. It was bad news and our baby might not survive; something no mother wants to hear.
“I was told that my baby had a cystic hygroma which could be fatal and I was referred to the Royal for further tests. A thousand thoughts ran through my mind before I was told on April 5 that there was too much fluid surrounding my baby's brain and the baby could have Down's Syndrome.

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