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Florence

Florence was rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) with multiple organ failure shortly after birth. Her mum, Laura, describes their experiences with the hospital.

Flo's 2nd birthday
© James Diggle

When baby Florence was born she was found to have fluid around her organs and was immediately rushed to GOSH.

Multiple organ failure

Doctors quickly realised she had multiple organ failure of the heart, lungs, kidneys and bowel which they thought was due to her heart being enlarged: a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy.

Her mum, Laura, explains: "We of course felt completely helpless and numb. The little person we were so looking forward to meeting was dying.

"Our families helped us greatly though the whole experience but the hospital became like a family member too. All the support systems for parents, accommodation and facilities made the experience that bit easier to cope with.

Road to recovery

"Flo had a few small operations on her heart and bowel. She was then put on a CVVH machine for a while to help with her liver and kidney function. Slowly, organ by organ, she began to recover and after about two months she was able to breathe by herself.

"Flo will always have a heart condition, but you would never know it. She runs around, plays and shouts at the top of her lungs!

"We will have regular check-ups at GOSH for the foreseeable future as her heart is still enlarged, but for now, she's just like any other two year old."