Darcy Lahey has survived five heart operations before his fifth birthday.
Darcy Lahey has survived five heart operations before his fifth birthday.

Darcy smiles after fifth heart operation

By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

DARCY Lahey's full recovery from his fifth heart operation in time for his fifth birthday had his mum shouting her joy to the world.

It's been a rollercoaster ride of emotions for mum Wendy Lahey and Darcy's family after his heart problems were discovered during pregnancy.

'Nobody would be game to say what his chances of survival were,' Mrs Lahey said.

Darcy gave his parents a few scares in episodes where he became oxygen deprived to the point of turning blue, leading to his first operation when he was three months old.

'Handing him over to the theatre nurse the first time and walking away ? that was the most gut wrenching then,' Mrs Lahey said, as she shed a tear.

'One moment I'd be really strong and positive then I'd be in tears.'

Darcy's main memory was of the playroom in the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.

So when it came to what will hopefully be his last heart operation, Darcy took it all in his stride.

It was something every parent takes for granted, that showed Wendy Lahey her son was now just like any other little boy.

'Seeing the colour in his face after the last operation ? his pink lips and eyes were the first thing I noticed,' Mrs Lahey said.

Against the odds, Darcy had made a full recovery from his heart problems and his parents couldn't be more excited.

'I just wanted to shout 'yahoo!' but I was in the hospital,' Mrs Lahey said. 'I waited till I was in the car going down the highway and yelled it!'

Darcy will be at preschool in the coming weeks, running and jumping with everyone else in the playground.



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