A Mother’s Day miracle for gran

Margaret Taylor at home after having TAVI treatment which was initially being refused
Margaret Taylor at home after having TAVI treatment which was initially being refused
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IT is the day to make your mum feel extra special.

And Margaret Taylor certainly feels that.

The 94-year-old’s family feared she would not see this year’s Mother’s Day after developing a heart problem.

But after a pioneering operation the pensioner feels like she has a new lease of life.

Son Chas Taylor, from Poulton, said: “Before she had the operation, this is one day we thought she wouldn’t see.

“It’s certainly given her back her quality of life.

“We’re looking forward to spending Mother’s Day with her and making it special. We’ll pick her up, have tea together and a she’ll be able to see the grandchildren.”

Mrs Taylor, from Cleveleys, had developed a problem with her aortic heart valve.

Doctors said her only chance of survival was TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) – a procedure not routinely commissioned in the North West until this week.

NHS North Lancashire refused her application but Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust managed to fund the treatment.

Mrs Taylor, who had the operation in November and now lives independently at her Cleveleys home, said: “I’m so grateful they did the operation. I can’t thank them enough. I feel wonderful.”

Children across the Fylde coast are planning a host of treats for lucky mums.

Pupils at Larkholme Primary School, Fleetwood, held a Mother’s Day assembly.

Jenny Hodgson, reception class teacher who organised the assembly with colleagues Jessica Warne, Debbie Hind and Julie Johnson, said: “They were really excited about it.

“The pupils had prepared a dance, drama as well as some songs and poems about how special their mums are – I’m sure it made them cry.

“Most of the children were saying ‘I love my Mum because she gives me cuddles and kisses’.

Some of them said it was because she buys sweets and cooks.”