I first met Lily when she was a little over a week old... My first thoughts when looking at her was she was very purple ... But her parents were happy and showed no signs of distress or upset so we carried on with Lily's session but my gut instinct was there was something not quite right and her heart jumped to mind...
(editied to make her look a little less purple)
Lily's parents had come to me for photographs not medical advice and it just isn't my place to make a diagnosis in a photographic studio I'm not a pediatrician!! And I was sure a midwife or someone would have picked it up before now if a problem were there!
Then only days later I hear that Lily had been rushed into hospital to under go 8 hours of open heart surgery. She was diagnosed with Coarctation of the Aorta and Transposition of the great arteries ( TGA ). Lily took everything in her stride and recovered brilliantly.
Another operation was needed and more will be required as she grows. The family have to take the journey to London to the Royal Brampton Hospital.
So the point to this blog post ... I would love to help raise awareness of this condition and in doing that maybe help raise some funds for them...
Here are some links to their facebook page and their Website
And most importantly here is their JustGiving page. Please donate even if it's just a £1.
Leaving you on a very positive note here is Lily today when she came for a photo shoot....
Thank you all so much