A baby who was clinically dead for seven minutes has reached another milestone in her remarkable recovery journey.
Alexia Rose Crane took her first steps this week, amazing her mum who only months ago was told to say her goodbyes to the little girl after she suffered a heart attack and her major organs started to shut down.
At just 14 months old the tot, of Wensleydale Avenue, Grange Park, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and her devastated parents Melissa Kimpton and Joseph Crane were told to prepare for the worst as she spent nine days on a ventilator in hospital.
But the determined toddler battled back.
In recent weeks the 21-month-old has undergone a series of medical tests after doctors feared she had developed hypotonia, a condition causing decreased muscle tone, which can delay a child’s development.
Once again defying doctors’ predictions the little girl is now toddling around like any other baby.
Mum Melissa, 25, said: “She’d been for blood tests at Alder Hey and The Vic because they thought she might have muscle hypotonia and that’s why she wasn’t walking yet.
“It was awful and so scary, it just felt like another thing to have to go through. But now she’s walking, it was amazing to see her take her first steps, she just looked really determined and had a big smile.”
It hasn’t all been plain sailing for Alexia though, as her mum adds she still has “blue days”, making this milestone extra special for her family.
She said: “It just leaves you feeling powerless. Dilated cardiomyopathy is so uncertain.”
The condition is a weakening in heart muscle which makes it harder to pump blood around the body.
The scope for its effect on a sufferer range from being able to recover from it, facing a lifetime on medication or needing a heart transplant and being at risk of sudden cardiac death.
Melissa added: “But looking at her now you wouldn’t think she’d been through so much, she’s bubbly and beautiful.”
The family is now fund raising for Blackpool Victoria Hospital, having raised £143 so far. Melissa said: “It means the world to be able to give something back to the people who saved my little girl’s life.”