The baby who swam back to life: Extraordinary recovery of heart surgery toddler who's a natural in the pool
06:54 GMT, 17 April 2012
After Rosanna Ogden had open heart surgery at only six weeks old, her parents were told that physical activity could help her recovery.
It was then they discovered they had a water baby on their hands.
Only ten weeks after the operation, her mother Sanam took her to a swimming session for infants.
'She is like a little fish': Rosanna Ogden, 2, started swimming to help her recover from the open heart surgery she underwent at just six weeks old
Bounce back: A six-week-old Rosanna after surgeons removed a benign tumour from her heart. She took to the water just ten weeks later
Rosanna proved to be such a natural that now, at the age of two, she can swim without armbands and has even passed her 15-metre test. Last month she became the youngest participant in a charity swim for the British Heart Foundation, raising more than 1,000 by covering 100 metres in stages.
‘I am so proud of her,’ said 27-year-old Mrs Ogden at the family home in Chorley, Lancashire. After suffering breathing difficulties, Rosanna was diagnosed with rhabdomyoma – a tumour attached to her heart. Although benign, it was blocking the flow of blood.
Two days later the tumour was removed in an emergency eight-hour operation at Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool.
'I am so proud of her': Rosanna with her mother Sanam Ogden, 27, in and out of the pool. The toddler, from Chorley, Lancashire, last month became the youngest participant in a British Heart Foundation charity swim
Little mermaid: Rosanna loves being under the water and has even passed her 15-metre test
Mrs Ogden said that as Rosanna began her recovery in the swimming pool, her love of the water was immediately obvious. ‘All the other babies at the first session were screaming but she had no problem at all.’
Rosanna recently joined the Chorley Mini Marlins swimming club, where the next-youngest member is aged six.
Coach Mary Parkinson described her as ‘like a little fish’. She said: ‘To swim like she does at two years old is absolutely amazing.’
Second nature: The two-year-old can swim without the aid of armbands
Precocious: Rosanna smiles for the camera as she plays with a toy fish
Wet kiss: Mrs Ogden says when she took Rosanna to her first swimming lesson, she was the only baby who did not scream
Hitching a ride: Rosanna is four years younger than any other member of her local swimming club