Miracle Baby with Only Half a Heart Survives Four Months without Treatment

The survival of Scarlett Dougan, a baby girl from United Kingdom with only a half developed heart, is nothing short of miracle. Scarlett was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS) – a rare medical condition where the right side of the heart is not developed – resulting in insufficient blood supply to her lungs. Most babies diagnosed with this medical aberration are unable to survive more than 3-4 weeks. But baby Scarlett has not only survived, but is well on her way to recovery. Scarlett’s mother, Nichola, spotted the difference in temperament between Scarlett and her older brother Nathanial, 23 months, after which she began to suspect a problem. The 28-year-old primary school teacher eventually came to know the reasons behind her daughter’s constant crying and sleepless nights while talking to a Guide leader, who was also a paediatrician. Nichola was advised to take her daughter to the Yorkhill Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, where she was immediately whisked to intensive care, after an assessment. A treatment plan was drawn up for her. Doctors told Nichola that her daughter had overcome all the odds to make it so far without treatment. “It is a miracle she is still here. The doctors can’t really believe how a child can get to four and a half months with that condition,” Nichola said. Dougan has now gone through two major heart operations for re-routing her major arteries directly to her lungs to improve her flow of oxygen. Scarlett will probably still need surgery in her early teens but doctors are optimistic about her chances of having a normal childhood.

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