Toby Drink became the youngest heart operation patient in the country after undergoing a 12 - hour op when he was just 22 hours old.


The tiny record breaker has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and needed the major operation in September, just 22 hours after he was induced at 39 weeks. Now, just 10 weeks after the surgery, Toby is home and doing fine.

Toby is believed to be one of the youngest babies in the world to have open heart surgery.

“He’s my little fighter. It’s great if he’s one of the world’s youngest but, to me, records don’t matter too much,” said mum Sophie, 25, reports The Mirror.

“What’s more important is that he’s here – and he’s alive," she added.

Nursery nurse Sophie from Whitby, North Yorkshire, was told Toby had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome after her 20 - week scan. His condition affects one in 5,000 babies and occurs when the left side of the heart fails to form properly.

“To say I was beside myself is an understatement. The doctor said I had three choices: terminate the pregnancy, do nothing and watch him die, or have him and watch him go through all the surgery,” said Sophie.

“I was in floods of tears. After talking it through with my mum and dad, Jackie and Mark, I decided I would never be able to live with myself if I didn’t have him.”

Sophie saw 7lb 1oz Toby for just 15 minutes after he was born. He was then taken to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle for the heart operation.

“He’s a little monkey now. To look at him you’d never know he had gone through such a traumatic start in life,” said Toby's mum.

“I never thought I’d be able to hold him in my arms and cuddle him but here I am and it’s all down to the Freeman Hospital. I can’t thank the staff there enough.”

The youngest person to have open heart surgery in Britain before Toby was Rudy Maxwell Jones, aged 36 hours in July.

Read more…