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Born without a lung, toddler’s heart stapled to her ribcage to stop it from moving in her chest

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She was diagnosed with the congenital disorder scimitar syndrome and the structural abnormality, Tetralogy of Fallot

Even before giving birth, Amie Jarvis and Tom Stearne knew that their baby, which they later named Gabriella, would have birth defects; five months into their pregnancy, a routine scan discovered abnormalities in their unborn child.

“She was diagnosed with the congenital disorder scimitar syndrome and the structural abnormality, Tetralogy of Fallot, placing huge strain on her heart,” said a Daily Mail report.

On top of that, she was born without a left lung, which causes her heart to dangerously move out of place.

Born Without Lung, Toddler’s Heart Stapled To Her Ribcage To Stop It From Moving

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But the little one’s suffering doesn’t end there; she also had to be constantly ventilated after also being diagnosed with bronchomalacia, a condition caused by weak cartilage in the walls of the bronchial tubes.

“Doctors originally hoped Gabriella could be supported from her home in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire,” the report said. “But by September last year when she was four month's old, her health deteriorated when she began having seizures which caused her to stop breathing.”

She was first taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk. But soon she was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital for a pioneering surgery.

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