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Chorley heart-op toddler fronts charity's national campaign
A BATTLING ‘water baby’ – who can already swim 10 lengths at the age of three – will feature in a national charity’s latest campaign.
At just six weeks old, little Rosanna Ogden was found to have a tumour in her heart and had to undergo emergency surgery.
After she had recovered from the eight-hour operation, parents Mick and Sanam took her swimming to help her get stronger, and Rosanna can now out-swim much older children and cover large distances under water.
The three-year-old’s achievements in the pool helped her front a major fund-raising drive for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) last year which raised more than £500,000.
The charity said Rosanna, from Chorley, was a ‘shining example’ of how patients can recover from heart problems.
Now, her story is one of seven to feature in ‘Team BHF’, a report celebrating the contribution that supporters and scientists have made to the fight against heart disease.
Barbara Dunn, the charity’s fund-raising manager for Lancashire said: “Rosanna’s contribution to the fight for every heartbeat in Lancashire cannot be understated and it’s inspiring to see her get the recognition she deserves.”
Mum Sanam, of Babylon Lane in Anderton, said crucial research by BHF had helped pave the way for Rosanna’s treatment, and also praised the ‘amazing’ medical team at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool where she had the procedure.
She said: “We were terrified we would lose our baby girl [but] she’s got a bright and healthy future ahead of her.
“She can do 10 lengths in the pool now and wants to go to the Olympics one day.
“I was just happy she survived the operation and I’m so proud of her.”
Jon Keating, of the Amateur Swimming Association in the north west said: “If she’s swimming 10 lengths that’s certainly much further than most other three-year-olds in the UK.
“But what’s remarkable is she’s doing it after the medical battle she’s come through.
“Hopefully we’ll see her in the Olympics in the future.”
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