Sunderland heart op tot on the mend after surgery

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HEART OP baby Layla Davis is out of intensive care after undergoing surgery to save her life.

Doctors say they are delighted with progress made by the eight-month-old who was just weeks ago on the critical list.

As revealed in the Echo last month, Layla’s mum, Amanda, was not able to hold or even touch her daughter for days after she had the life saving heart surgery.

As our pictures show, it has been a rocky and emotional eight months for the Davis family who have been in and out of hospital with their little girl.

Amanda, 29, said: “Layla is now awake, smiling and giggling at me and her daddy. We’re so please with her recovery so far.”

Layla was born on June 7 with a series of different heart defects.

It took an eagle-eyed doctor at Sunderland Royal Hospital to notice there was something seriously wrong with the newborn, recommending she be immediately transferred to Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

Scans would reveal Layla was suffering from mitral stenosis, mitral valve regurgitation, pulmonary hyper-tension and aortic stenosis. It meant the valve in the left side of her heart was not working properly, pumping blood back into her tiny lungs.

Layla had her first heart operation last July in a bid to try and repair the heart valve. But this did not work and the youngster spent the next few months in and out of hospital.

By Christmas last year, Layla was losing weight again and readmitted to Sunderland Royal Hospital with bronchitis. In January, she was back in the heart unit at the Freeman. Then, last month, surgeons decided they needed to operate again.

It was the first time in 20 years such a heart operation of its kind had been performed at the hospital.

Now, four weeks on, Layla is making good progress and the Davis family, who have been at her bedside throughout, are looking forward to the day she can return home to Sunderland.

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