Media reports have hailed three-year-old Taylor Rutherford as a miracle girl in Britain, after she made a startling recovery from a major heart operation never before attempted by surgeons.
The little girl was born with four life-threatening heart defects - three holes in her heart, back-to-front heart valves, deformed airways and only one lung.
AdvertisementDoctors made the critical decision to press ahead with the complex eight-hour procedure in April last year.
Her parents Dave Rutherford and Carol-Anne Richardson, from North Tyneside, call her their 'miracle girl', as one year on, she now shows no signs of her illnesses, reports the Daily Mail.
When she was born at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary in 2007, Dave and Carol-Anne were told to enjoy what little time they would have with their first daughter.
Taylor's killer defects were revealed in a routine 20-week scan, but her parents ignored doctors' advice to consider a termination.
The youngster's third life-threatening condition was diagnosed as pulmonary stenosis, a narrowing of the pulmonary valve to the pulmonary artery.
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