Her chances of survival had been so low before birth that her parents were twice offered a termination - but they refused when they saw her 'thumbs-up' scan
Chanel was delivered by caesarean at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital. Almost immediately surgeons operated on the 7lb tot, placing a stent in her heart. This kept her alive long enough to have the first operation for a condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which meant only one half of her heart was beating.
Now, at five weeks’ old, Chanel is going from strength to strength having got through not just the first operation but a second procedure at the age of just seven days.