Three babies who were born with the same critical heart condition on the same day, all underwent the same four-hour long operations by the same surgeon on consecutive days
Bradley Carruthers, Cody Cooper and Jack Gallagher were all born on October 15 with transposition of the great arteries, which means their major heart vessels were in the wrong place. Now, the trio are all back home and are expected to live normal, healthy lives.
Prem Sundar Venugopal, paediatric cardiac surgeon performed all three of the boys’ operations at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool.
The babies’ parents, who all live in Greater Manchester, are now close friends and plan to celebrate their boys’ first birthdays at McDonalds because they all stayed at the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey while the boys were in hospital.
Collier, 24, described the ordeal as being “a scary time” for him and his partner Janine, 20. “We cried when he went to the theatre – it was a tough time,” he said.
Baby Bradley, who weighed 5lbs 15oz when he was born, had his operation when he was just 9 days old. Curtis and Janine had become concerned when her newborn failed to feed.
Cody, weighing 7lbs 4oz when he was born, had his heart op the day after Bradley. Mum Michelle Bleakley, 34, and her partner Curtis Cooper, 37, discovered his heart problem during her 20-week pregnancy scan.
According to his mum, Cody “looked grey” after his heart surgery and was too fragile to be held but is now “doing fantastically.”
Third of the trio, Jack is also “doing fine” but will need regular hospital check-ups, said his dad Bob, 51. His parents didn’t know Jack had a heart condition until he was born, weighing 8lbs 5oz.
“It’s mad there were three babies at Alder Hey at the same time with the same thing. But what the surgeons have done to keep the babies alive is brilliant,” Curtis said. “We can’t thank the staff at the hospital enough.”