Miracle Gloucester baby Millie Healey grows into bubbly toddler
MIRACLE baby Millie Healey may only have half a working heart but she is full of life and love.
Born with a 'one in a million' combination of congential heart defects, Millie's parents Graeme and Kerry, from Coney Hill, feared she may not survive.
But she has defied the odds to blossom into a cheeky little girl who loves to chase her new kitten Purdie around.
Millie will celebrate her second birthday in May and Graeme said: "Everyone dotes on her.
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"We can't believe how far she's come.
"She's turning into a proper little diva who knows what she wants and how to get it.
"She isn't as physically strong as her peers but she can shuffle around on her bum and we are hoping to get her signed up to play group soon.
"There's no major issues apart from the dicky ticker."
Millie has already had two open-heart operations and faces another one when she is or three or four.
Graeme knows there will be more tough times ahead and he has been marking Congential Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week (February 7-14) by trying to raise the profile of the condition.
"It is the number one killer of babies and infants in the world but only receives 20 per cent of the funding cancer does," he said.
"People in the street don't know what it is and that really needs to change.
"If we can raise awareness then we can increase the funding and research and hopefully find a cure."
He is also hoping to set up a support group for CHD families in the area.
"There isn't one and I know there are other parents out there coping with it," he said.