Baby Born With Half a Heart Doing Well After Mom Rejects Abortion

International   Steven Ertelt   May 23, 2013   |   3:33PM    London, England

Scarlett Crowther was born with half a heart. She may not have made it at all had her mom decided to have an abortion, but Scarlett’s mother rejected that idea.

Scarlett was given a 50/50 chance of surviving the defect but went through two successful heart operations, with one of them coming at five days after birth. Now 10 months later, mother and baby are doing much better, with her mother Rebecca Turner calling her a “little fighter.”

“When I hold her now I just can’t believe how healthy and happy she is. She’s my miracle baby,” Turner said.

From a report in The Sun:

Rebecca found out Scarlett had the defect, called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, at her 20-week scan.

It meant the left side of Scarlett’s heart did not develop in the womb.

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Full-time mum Rebecca was given the option to terminate, but chose to carry on with the pregnancy.

Days after Scarlett was born in June last year, she had a seven-and-a-half hour op at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Merseyside.

Surgeons put an artificial tube inside her to help the blood flow to her heart.

Scarlett had more major surgery at eight months when docs attached a vein from her neck to her heart in an eight-and-a-half hour op.