Mom tells how the son of the “little fighter” fought for his life after heart surgery at just eight weeks

Little Theo Curry was diagnosed with three complex heart defects before he was born and required open-heart surgery when he was just eight weeks old

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Theo Curry was diagnosed with three complex heart defects and required open-heart surgery

A mother has told how her little fighter son fought for his life after undergoing heart surgery when he was just eight weeks old.

Little Theo Curry was diagnosed with three complex heart defects before he was born and required open-heart surgery when he was just eight weeks old.

Though he spent much of his life in and out of hospital, his courage throughout his difficult journey has inspired family and friends.

Theo was diagnosed with heart problems when his mother, Yasmin Curry, was 18 weeks pregnant. Chronicle Live reports.

Scans revealed abnormalities and medics informed the family that surgery would be required after his birth.

Theo was born in May 2020 at 29 weeks and six days and weighed just 3 pounds. He remained in intensive care at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for around seven weeks before being transferred to the Freeman Hospital weighing around 5 pounds.







Theo’s parents Yasmin and Ian say he’s a little fighter
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Theo underwent open heart surgery when he was just eight weeks old
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However, within days he was unwell due to problems with his intestines and underwent surgery to remove part of it. Yasmin, from Consett, County Durham, said Theo was originally going to have three separate surgeries for the heart defects.

The 31-year-old, a social worker, added: “He wasn’t getting any better. Because he was so ill, the surgeons decided to have them all at once to give him a better chance. He was eight weeks old and he had open heart surgery over 13 hours to correct all three defects. He only weighed 5 pounds, he was just small. But he was really fine.”

Theo was allowed to go home with oxygen and a feeding tube in September of the same year. Ten months later, at the age of one, he had to return for a second open-heart surgery.

The 31-year-old, a social worker, added: “He wasn’t getting any better. Because he was so ill, the surgeons decided to have them all at once to give him a better chance. He was eight weeks old and he had open heart surgery over 13 hours to correct all three defects. He only weighed 5 pounds, he was just small. But he was really fine.”

Theo was allowed to go home with oxygen and a feeding tube in September of the same year. Ten months later, at the age of one, he had to return for a second open-heart surgery.







Theo was born in May 2020 at 29 weeks and six days and weighed just 3 pounds
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Within a few days he became ill due to intestinal problems
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Yasmin said it was a worrying time for her and Theo’s father Ian, 33, as their baby struggled at the height of the pandemic. However, the almost two-year-old youngster is doing well now and has become an inspiration to everyone around him.

“He’s really doing better, he’s off the feeding tube and he’s just so happy,” says Yasmin. “He used to smile in his hospital bed. Nothing seems to upset him. He’s such a resilient little boy – a little fighter.”

Yasmin said it was a worrying time for her and Theo’s father Ian, 33, as their baby struggled at the height of the pandemic. However, the almost two-year-old youngster is doing well now and has become an inspiration to everyone around him.

“He’s really doing better, he’s off the feeding tube and he’s just so happy,” says Yasmin. “He used to smile in his hospital bed. Nothing seems to upset him. He’s such a resilient little boy – a little fighter.”







Theo with mum and dad Yasmin and Ian
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Yasmin said it was a worrying time for her and Theo’s father Ian, 33, as their baby struggled at the height of the pandemic. However, the almost two-year-old youngster is doing well now and has become an inspiration to everyone around him.

“He’s really doing better, he’s off the feeding tube and he’s just so happy,” says Yasmin. “He used to smile in his hospital bed. Nothing seems to upset him. He’s such a resilient little boy – a little fighter.”

That’s what the family says Freeman Hospital became a second home for her and without the support of the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) her hospitalization would have been more difficult.







The family say Freeman Hospital has become a second home to them
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Yasmin said: “Because of CHUF we were able to stay close to our son on the hospital premises, we received support for the costs of a long-term hospitalization. We had all the necessary equipment on the ward that we needed and they fund the most amazing piece of specialized care team. The list is endless, we are truly grateful for all the help we have received.”

To thank the CHUF team, Theo’s father Ian, his uncle David Curry and friends Scott Bell, Marc Anderson and Kevin Kay are raising money by running from Edinburgh to Consett starting this weekend – a whopping 135 miles in five days.

A JustGiving page has been set up to collect donations. Donations can be made here. The British Heart Foundation should also benefit from the sponsored hike.

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