THIS brave little girl has celebrated a birthday her proud parents were worried she might never see.
At just six weeks old, doctors discovered a rare tumour growing on Rosanna Ogden’s heart. The following day she was rushed to Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she underwent a gruelling eight-hour operation.
Because of it being on Rosanna’s heart, surgeons were not able to remove the whole tumour, so she will be left with it, and the chance of it spreading, for the rest of her life.
But the plucky tot has proven a little heart surgery will not stand in her way.
Her proud mum, Sally, said: “She is absolutely fine, physically. She is doing well and has no problem with her heart from this tumour.
“To see her you wouldn’t even know she had been poorly.”
Rosanna took just two weeks to recover from her operation, and doctors advised Sally and her husband, Mick, to keep her active to speed the process.
So the couple took their daughter swimming, and haven’t looked back.
Rosanna was selected to be last year’s Fylde face of the British Heart Foundation, and she helped to raise £2,000 for the charity through collections at events, including the Elton John concert, and a sponsored 100m swim.
She is helping to launch a new fundraising drive for the charity with another swim in March.
Sally, 29 of Chorley, said: “Rosanna was just 13 months old when she swam on her own. We took her to Water Babies, but she outgrew it, and she has already outgrown classes for five and six-year-olds.
“When we found out about the tumour we were devastated. She survived the operation, but we never expected she would be swimming like this, it makes us so proud.”