A DAD whose miracle daughter was told that she may not live past her first birthday has spoken of her pride after she defied the odds to start nursery.
Megan Harries, three, was diagnosed with a hole in her heart when she was six-months-old and doctors said she was unlikely to survive without surgery.
Doctors told her parents John and Katie, who live in Mostyn, that even with surgery, their beloved daughter only stood a 50/50 chance of survival.
But miraculously, medical staff confirmed she now has no major issues following the delicate operation which could have killed her.
And the brave battling youngster has now started nursery at Ysgol Gymraeg Mornant School in Picton.
Dad John, 58, said: “We were told by doctors she wouldn’t live. It’s hard to even say that – even now.
“She’s a lovely little girl and it’s amazing to see her starting nursery.
“We’ve got everything in the world now we have her. We don’t need anything else.
“Winning the lottery wouldn’t mean a thing. We feel like we’ve won the jackpot.”
Megan underwent surgery at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool shortly after being diagnosed with a ventricular septal defect, affecting the wall dividing the left and right chambers of her tiny heart.
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.
Mr Harries said Megan still has a small leak in her heart, as well as a heart murmur, but there were no longer any major health concerns.
The dad-of-three said the support from friends and family during Megan’s recovery had been fantastic.
He also praised businesses from the area for helping renovate the family’s living room to make life easier for her.
Mr Harries said: “The living room was down to the bricks and needed a new window and fireplace. Because of Megan’s condition, she gets cold easily and so had to sit in the living room with a coat on.”
He said it would help Megan, as well as brother Reece, six, and sister Hannah, four, a huge amount.
He thanked NR Windows in Bagillt, CS Plumbing Services, Sean Davies, from SA Davies Sustainable Construction, and electricians for the cost price work.
John said that his car was also serviced for free by Peter Davies, from Park View Garage, Lloc, after Mr Davies read about Megan’s plight in the Leader.
He added: “This sort of stuff does not normally happen. It’s amazing.”
Mr also thanked his employer Edward Davies of JE Davies Funeral Directors in Lixwm for his support.