When I photographed Maggie I had no idea of her amazing story.
It was a beautiful summers evening with lovely orange, glowing, low sun. We had arranged the shoot in the evening knowing the light would be a gorgeous backdrop for Maggie! She was running around like an everyday 3 year old; full of energy and full of life! We had lots of fun and chats during the shoot and Maggie and I became good friends.
Later her Mum told me her story. That Maggie was born with a rare heart defect called transposition of the greater arteries and a VSD. This meant that her heart was back to front and functioning the wrong way. All her organs were starved of the oxygen rich blood she needed. The only fix for this defect was open heart surgery which she had when she was 6 weeks old. She had two major operations and it was touch and go quite a few times. The family spent the first 10 weeks of Maggies life in St Thomas’ hospital in London. Her heart will never be the same as ours but she copes with it and does everything a normal 3yr old would do 🙂
To all those Mums or Mums-to-be affected by congenital heart defects like Maggies this is a wonderful and positive story. Maggie has such an awesome quality of life the same as any other 3 year old! For more information on congenital heart disease and awareness of these conditions please go to http://www.chd-uk.co.uk or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chd-Uk-Congenital-Heart-Defects-UK/193611137356501?fref=ts