Australian mother Larissa Brown (pictured, left) has been ordered by doctors to terminate her second pregnancy as her baby Georgia (pictured, right) is suffering from a

Breast cancer survivor’s baby was born with half a heart

During her second pregnancy, mother and breast cancer survivor Larissa Brown learned that her baby was suffering from a “deadly condition” and was encouraged by doctors to terminate it.

The 39-year-old man from Townsville, queenslandconsidered herself lucky to be able to have children after undergoing both cancer and endometriosis treatments in her late 20s.

Against all odds, Larissa and her husband Nathan Brown welcomed Emilia into the world in 2017 and then Georgia in 2021.

But little Georgia was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome – a rare and complex defect that affects regular blood flow – which has been a battle for the whole family.

“I gave birth, gave her a kiss and then they took her away before I had a chance to hold her,” Larissa told FEMAIL.

Australian mother Larissa Brown (pictured, left) has been ordered by doctors to terminate her second pregnancy because her baby Georgia (pictured, right) is suffering from a ‘fatal heart condition’

The 39-year-old mum from Townsville, Queensland, and her husband Nathan considered themselves lucky to have children as Larissa survived breast cancer aged just 27 and also suffers from endometriosis.

The 39-year-old mum from Townsville, Queensland, and her husband Nathan considered themselves lucky to have children as Larissa survived breast cancer aged just 27 and also suffers from endometriosis.

Sadly, little Georgia was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome – a rare and complex defect that affects regular blood flow – which has been a battle for the whole family.

Sadly, little Georgia was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome – a rare and complex defect that affects regular blood flow – which has been a battle for the whole family.

At the 20-week pregnancy scan, the couple received the devastating news and Georgia was officially diagnosed with the deadly disease.

“It was pure heartbreak,” Larissa said, adding, “I took a week off and just cried.

“They gave us the three heart surgeries she would need to survive and we had so many talks about termination – that I would never wish on my worst enemy,” she said.

At the time, doctors said Georgia was extremely likely to have learning problems, mental retardation, a shorter life expectancy and an overall poor quality of life.

“We didn’t care about terminating the pregnancy – and we felt like the worst people in the world for choosing to continue, but we couldn’t let it go,” she said.

Unfortunately, there is no known cause for his rare and fatal condition.

Earlier, during the 20-week pregnancy scan, the couple received the devastating news and Georgia was officially diagnosed with the deadly disease.

Earlier, during the 20-week pregnancy scan, the couple received the devastating news and Georgia was officially diagnosed with the deadly disease.

Earlier in life, Larissa survived breast cancer at just 27 years old and also suffers from endometriosis.

The treatment used to fight both illnesses meant she would likely struggle to conceive children – or never have a baby at all.

Larissa and Nathan did not lose hope and moved to Sydney to discuss possible IVF treatments.

To their surprise, Larissa managed to conceive naturally and gave birth to their first daughter Emilia, now three years old.

A few years later the couple started considering having another baby to add to their family through IVF – but due to Larissa’s endometriosis issues she was considered ‘high risk’ and the specialist l refused.

“My gynecologist, who has been treating my endo for 15 years, suggested a ‘gentle cleansing’ operation and said, ‘This will be your best chance of having another baby,'” Larissa recalls.

“It was a huge operation and recovery, but I got pregnant again naturally – I couldn’t believe it, we were so happy.”

At 36 weeks pregnant, the couple decided to give Georgia the best chance of surviving and moved from Townsville to Brisbane to be closer to Queensland Children's Hospital.

At 36 weeks pregnant, the couple decided to give Georgia the best chance of surviving and moved from Townsville to Brisbane to be closer to Queensland Children’s Hospital.

At 36 weeks pregnant, the couple decided to give Georgia the best chance of surviving and moved from Townsville to Brisbane to be closer to Queensland Children’s Hospital.

At 38 weeks, doctors made the decision to give Larissa a C-section where she has a huge medical team on standby.

Doctors had to act quickly after delivery and had a short window of 30 minutes to an hour to provide Georgia with specific medication – unfortunately leaving no time for mother and baby to interact during first moments.

At just six days old, precious Georgia underwent open-heart surgery, which took 10 hours due to complications.

It was a long road after the operation and during recovery the newborn suffered a collapsed lung.

“She looked really bloated and was in a bad shape, but then she started to recover beautifully, and then out of nowhere she needed more oxygen,” Larissa said.

“The doctors had no idea what was wrong with her, they did all the tests and gave her medicine, but she got progressively worse.”

At just six days old, precious Georgia underwent open-heart surgery, which took a staggering 10 hours due to complications

At just six days old, precious Georgia underwent open-heart surgery, which took a staggering 10 hours due to complications

After taking a CT scan, the cardiologist called Larissa with some breakthrough news.

The doctor found that Georgia was circulating excessively and her oxygen levels were dangerously low, which also meant she was qualified for the next heart surgery.

After taking a CT scan, the cardiologist called Larissa with some breakthrough news. The doctor found that Georgia was circulating excessively and her oxygen levels were dangerously low, which also meant she was qualified for the next heart surgery.

After taking a CT scan, the cardiologist called Larissa with some breakthrough news.

“He said to me, ‘I finally understand Georgia’s heart,'” she recalled.

The doctor found that Georgia was circulating excessively and her oxygen levels were dangerously low, which also meant she was qualified for the next heart surgery.

“It was such a relief,” Larissa said.

A few days later, Georgia was preparing for the operation, but unfortunately the doctors discovered an infection that she needed to recover from first.

The antibiotics helped kill the infection and the baby was ready again for the five-hour surgery.

Thankfully, the procedure was ‘simple’ and the doctors later admitted to Larissa that they too were worried about her.

After spending 169 days inside a hospital, the family was finally able to bring Georgia home for the first time

After spending 169 days inside a hospital, the family was finally able to bring Georgia home for the first time

After spending 169 days in hospital, the family was finally able to bring Georgia home for the first time.

“I was terrified and excited at the same time because in the hospital if we were worried about anything we could just press a buzzer and a nurse would come. Now it’s all up to me,” Larissa said.

Beautiful little Georgia has thrived at home, despite having twice caught the rhinovirus and having Covid.

“We are 110% grateful and so lucky to be able to bring her home. She has a lot of catching up to do with her development, but she’s getting there,” Larissa said.

Now 11 months old, Larissa has described Georgia as the “cheepiest little baby” who always smiles, greets people and knows when she’s done something wrong.

“She’s an amazing baby and she’s always got everyone hooked,” she said.

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