A baby boy has been given a handmade heart after undergoing life-changing surgery at just 48 hours old.
Vinnie Holliday, from Moseley, Birmingham, was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) while he was still in the womb and needed open-heart surgery just 24 hours after being delivered.
HLHS is a rare syndrome which makes babies be born without half of the heart. Even if the surgeons struggled to save him and rewire his organ, in a surgery just two days after birth, they are not very optimistic about his survival chances.
Vinnie, now seven weeks, recovered so well that he was able to go home to Moseley with parents Claire and Ben to enjoy his first Christmas. "They made him a hand made heart," said Claire. "Basically they rewired it. "The blood is rerouted so that all the work is done by the right side of the heart."
Doctors are unsure why Vinnie was born with just half a heart but believe it may run in the family as Mrs. Holliday's brother passed within just a few days of being born as a result of the same condition.