30 Aug 2011

Rosanna Ogden On Bolton News

Water baby defies all the odds

AT just 18 months old, plucky Rosanna Ogden already knows how to take on the odds.
Not only has she survived delicate heart tumour surgery just weeks after she was born, she has now amazed her parents by swimming unaided.
Rosanna and her proud mum, Sally, aged 27, are daily visitors to the pool at Horwich Leisure Centre, in Victoria Road.
Yet six weeks after Rosanna was born at the Royal Bolton Hospital, she faced an uncertain future.
Her mum said: “During a health check on my daughter, a doctor told me something didn’t sound right and arranged an appointment at the same hospital.
“A scan discovered she had a non-cancerous tumour on her heart. It meant that around 70 per cent of the blood the heart required was being blocked.
“We were told this lump was very rare and only three people in England had been diagnosed with a similar tumour in the last 10 years.”
Days later, Rosanna underwent two hours of surgery at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital to have part of the tumour removed.
“The section they took away allowed the blood flow to return to normal,” added Mrs Ogden, who lives in Babylon Lane, Chorley, with husband Mick. “Because the tumour was basically stuck to her heart, they could not remove it all. Since then, the tumour hasn’t grown and we’ve been told it will shrink as her body gets bigger.”
Mrs Ogden enrolled Rosanna in the water babies classes at the Horwich pool just four weeks after the surgery.
Rosanna proved to be something of a water baby in April when she swam by herself while on holiday in Spain, watched by her delighted parents.

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