NOBODY wants their bubble burst.
But few can claim to take that as literally as Brynteg youngster Bethany Elms who will share her 13th birthday tomorrow with a balloon given to her on the day she was born – which is still inflated.
She was given the pink love heart shaped balloon, which reads ‘A Baby Girl’, at her birth in Wrexham in September 2000.
And tomorrow she will clutch the balloon as she celebrates becoming a teenager.
The remarkable balloon has survived intact for 13 years and has even survived during numerous house moves.
Bethany, a pupil at Bryn Alyn, lives with her mum Rachel Elms and younger brother Ethan in Brynteg.
Miss Elms said: “When Bethany was born in September, 2000 her auntie bought a helium balloon from the gift shop at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and still to this day the balloon is as good as the day it was bought.
“I have never seen or heard of a balloon to last this long.
“To be honest I’m amazed it hasn’t popped.”
The balloon carries extra special significance this year as Bethany found out she had a one in eight-million condition called Accrete Vascular Malformation (AVM).
This means that Bethany has arteries and veins in her lungs and brain which don’t connect properly which can cause bleeding and shortness of breath.
She was diagnosed in May, 2012 after she was found collapsed in a pool of blood at a sleepover. Her family said she is lucky to be alive.
Miss Elms said: “We are very lucky to have her. After the first episode it took quite a few weeks to find out what was wrong during which time we were in and out of Wrexham Maelor Hospital six or seven times.
“There was one time she had to go into resuscitation and I didn’t know if she was going to come out of it.
“They couldn’t clear her airwaves and it was awful. I had to leave as I couldn’t watch.”
But fortunately Bethany survived and was able to have an operation on her lung and radiotherapy on her brain to help the condition.
She still gets out of breath very easily because of the AVM and will have to learn to live with the condition for the rest of her life.
But AVM will not stop the birthday celebrations on Saturday, as Bethany and her balloon enter their teenage years.