A newborn narrowly escaped death after a simple cold turned into a rare viral infection.
Chloe Lavan’s world was turned upside town when her daughter, Evie had a case of the sniffles that left her heart functioning at just three per cent.
Every breath was a battle for little Evie, who spent two weeks in hospital fighting for her life .
Chloe, alongside dad, David Green and one-year-old brother Theodore watched the tot bounce back, the Newcastle Chronicle reports.
After living a parent’s worst nightmare, Evie’s family want to raise money for the ‘amazing’ hospital ward that saved the baby.
Like most parents, Chloe was used to her children getting coughs and colds in winter.
But when Evie started getting her first cold-like symptoms around four weeks ago, she went to the doctor to see if it was anything more serious.
Chloe, 24, from Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, said: “You can never be too careful. But they just said it was a viral infection.”
Chloe and David took Evie back when her symptoms didn’t improve, and she was diagnosed with bronchiolitis.
The family were in and out of hospital over the next few days as Evie became breathless, pale and suffered from coughing fits and cold hands and feet.
Chloe said: “We got an emergency appointment with a doctor who rang an ambulance straight away because of her breathing.
“That could have saved her life, it scares me to think what might have happened if he hadn’t done that.”
Evie went to the James Cook Hospital, where a scan showed that she had an enlarged heart, and she was transferred to the Freeman Hospital for specialist care.
She was later diagnosed with myocarditis – a condition triggered by simple viral infections that in serious cases can lead to heart failure.
Chloe said: “I’d never heard of it in my life and I think it’s something parents aren’t really aware of.
“I’ve got a little boy as well and he’s had coughs and colds all the time but we never considered that could ever happen.
“Thankfully she’s doing so well on medication she’s been discharged, but this isn’t the end of the road.
“We’ll still have to come back weekly to see if there’s any improvement, and either she’ll be on medication for life or she’ll need a heart transplant.
“It’s very worrying but we can’t believe how well she’s done considering how bad her heart function is – at one point it was three per cent which is quite dangerous.”
Chloe has now started fundraising for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital.
Chloesaid: “My main aim for this is to raise money for an amazing ward who do such wonderful things with children and I’m so grateful for everything they have done and will continue to do for my daughter.
“I want to raise funds to help get more money and more awareness in that sort of area, because I had no idea how many children have heart problems.”
To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/evies-journey-with-myocarditis