Baby Jesse-Renee from Rugby survives ‘terrifying’ open heart surgery and is still smiling

Baby Jesse-Renee with mum Jodie
Baby Jesse-Renee with mum Jodie

A baby girl with half a heart has survived ‘terrifying’ open heart surgery with a 50-50 survival rate.

Brave Jesse-Renee Stanley had a six-hour operation to fix narrowed veins in her heart.

Her parents Jodie and Stephen, from Rugby, described their six-month old as a ‘trooper’ after she came home just six days after the ordeal.

“It’s impossible to describe how we felt when we were waiting to hear if she was OK,” Jodie said.

“We never left the hospital, we just waited and waited and waited - it felt like forever and it was terrifying.

“But she’s a little trooper and everything went really well, she even came home six days later and now she’s smiling and laughing as usual.”

Jesse-Renee was placed on a bypass machine and her heart was stopped during the surgery.

She has had two out of three operations needed to help with her heart condition but this surgery was sudden and unexpected due to the narrowing veins.

Jodie and Stephen are raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital to give something back for all the care and support Jesse-Renee has had from the team.

“It really is a magical place and what they do for families is incredible,” Jodie said.

“We want to raise as much as possible and we’ll be announcing some fundraising events soon.”

The couple hope to hold an auction to raise money for the Jesse-Renee Charity.

Celebrities including Made in Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh, Birmingham boxer Frankie Gavin and boyband Kingsland Road have donated signed merchandise to be auctioned. Manchester United tickets will also be up for grabs.

Jodie said: “We always try to find the positives no matter how hard things are and I think that’s why Jesse-Renee has always responded so well.

“The support we have had has been overwhelming and I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Go to www.justgiving.com/Jodie-Farrell1 to give a donation.