A baby born with severe heart abnormalities will soon undergo lifesaving surgery.
Reece Scott, one, faces imminent open heart surgery to repair a non-functioning valve which has started to close, causing a leak.
Because of the leak, Reece, of Moorgate, Accrington suffers from high pressure in his lungs.
Doctors at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool met on Thursday, August 25 to decide what type of surgery Reece would need.
Options included giving Reece an artificial valve, a pig’s valve, a human donor valve, sewing together the pulmonary valve and lung valve; or repairing the leak.
Mum Sarah Watson, 30, has yet to hear what kind of operation will be carried out - and has had to postpone her wedding to Reece’s dad Stuart Scott until after the operation. Sarah and Stuart, 28, were due to be married later this month.
Full-time mum Sarah said: "It is worrying, any kind of surgery on a baby is worrying, but Reece has fought so hard from this point and we hope the procedure goes ahead as soon as possible.
"The wait has been agonising. We just want to know what kind of surgery he will need."
Doctors told Sarah about Reece’s heart condition while she was pregnant with the tot and his twin brother Regan. She was told he had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, meaning the left side of his heart was severely underdeveloped.
When he was born he was re-diagnosed with aortic stenosis which means he has an abnormal opening in one OF his valves.
Regan was born with no health issues.
To keep Reece alive, his first operation when he was eight months old saw a catheter and balloon inserted to temporarily widen the valve. It was hoped doctors would not have to operate to fully repair it until he was 10, but due to his high blood pressure they have decided to operate sooner.
The family, which also includes Sarah’s children Demi, 12, and Dane, nine, and Stuart’s son Zack, three, can only wait.
Sarah said: "We are going in and out of hospital all of the time. I was due to start college this autumn but have put that on hold as well. For now we are keeping an eye on him and praying and hoping."
Reece’s family are raising money for the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey.
To support the fundraising contact Sarah on 07729 499198.