THE family of a ‘miracle’ girl written off by doctors are looking forward to celebrating her third birthday in the days before Christmas.
Megan Harries was diagnosed with a hole in the centre of her heart when she was just six months old.
Doctors told her parents, who live in Mostyn, she would be unlikely to survive without surgery – which itself only had a 50/50 chance of success.
But Megan’s father has spoken of her miraculous recovery after medical staff confirmed she now has no major issues following the operation which they thought could kill her.
“It is a miracle to us that we have still got her,” said dad John Harries.
“She is coming up to her third birthday and we never thought we would see that happen.
“We never thought Megan would be here this Christmas.”
Megan underwent surgery at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool shortly after being diagnosed with a ventricular septal defect, affecting the the wall dividing the left and right chambers of her tiny heart.
Parents John and Katie faced an agonising decision as doctors believed she had just a 50 per cent chance of surviving the operation, but had no chance of living unless the procedure went ahead.
The couple had become concerned after their tiny daughter began breathing heavily and rapidly during her sleep and their fears were recognised in the days that followed after taking her to hospital. “It was a very worrying time for us,” John added.
“My wife and I couldn’t even talk to each other about it because we were so frightened.
“Megan was in hospital for nine days – but now you couldn’t tell anything is wrong with her. She is fantastic. She loves running about and causing chaos around the house and is looking forward to starting school next year.
“We took her to see the surgeon at Alder Hey four months ago.
“There is still a slight leak where the heart was repaired but there are no major concerns which is a massive relief – unbelievable.”
Megan’s now looking forward to celebrating her third birthday on December 16 with five-year-old brother Rhys and four-year-old sister Hannah.
The Harries family are also praising a local business for the offer of help after disaster struck last week while they were redecorating their home and plaster began falling from their walls.
“Megan does feel the cold and we find it difficult to keep her warm but the front room is one hell of a mess,” John added.
“Fortunately Delyn Windows in Flint have offered to help us sort it out so that we can keep her comfortable as the cold weather kicks in.”