Kent toddler with five heart defects defies doctors
A toddler from Kent born with five heart defects, whose parents were told he was unlikely to survive birth, has defied doctors.
Michelle and Daryl Lewis, from Tunbridge Wells, were told by doctors after a 21-week scan that their unborn child had an extremely rare condition.
They were also advised to think about terminating the pregnancy.
Michelle Lewis said: "We were told it was unheard of - the amount of problems he has got.Open heart surgery
But the couple were determined to go ahead with the pregnancy.
"Me and Daryl just looked at each other and said 'no way are we ending the pregnancy' - we didn't even discuss it."
Riley Lewis was born Christmas Day 2010 by Caesarian section.
He was suffering from back to front valves and a large hole in the heart and various conditions that made his arteries thick, making it difficult for him to pump blood around his body.
Eight hours later he underwent his first operation and in November 2011 he had open heart surgery.
At 18 months old he has stunned doctors with his recovery.
They are continuing to monitor his progress but Riley will need a heart transplant when he reaches his 20s.