Parents only wish to have all their family together after heart-breaking diagnosis
Since she was born, the parents of little Freya Meecham's have not left the side of her hospital cot.
The tiny youngster is just seven weeks-old but has already undergone an eight-hour operation after being born with complex heart conditions.
And all her parents want to do is bring her home - and are hoping the people of Bolton can support them to do so.
Born in Royal Bolton Hospital on January 31, Freya Meecham had the odds stacked against her from the start.
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When she was still in the womb, her parents, Sabrina Gallagher, aged 26, and Haydn Meecham, aged 31, found out that she would need surgery on her heart when she was born.
Freya was born with four complex heart conditions: coarctation of aorta, hypoplasia of aortic arch, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and ventricular septal defect (VSD).
Despite being under the required weight for heart surgery, Freya underwent an eight-hour operation.
She is currently nil by mouth, meaning she needs to be fed by a tube, and cannot cry due to an issue with her vocal cords.
Her father, Haydn, said: “The doctors found something wrong 20 weeks into the pregnancy to do with her heart.
"We said we were going to keep going. We were in love with her, we knew she was a girl.”
Sabrina added: “She was already part of our family.
“She was born at 34 weeks exactly, but her weight was only that of a 30-week-old baby. She weighed 1.6kg and doesn’t weigh much more now.”
Sabrina said it was "daunting and scary" when they were told their little girl had a heart condition.
Haydn said: “We had a lot of time to prepare, but it wasn’t enough.”
Sabrina added: “You can’t prepare for it.”
Haydn said: “From day one she was good, but she then took a turn for the worse. We had to drive to Liverpool in the middle of the night.”
Sabrina said: “One person told us to say our goodbyes in case she didn’t make it to the hospital.”
Having been born in Royal Bolton, Freya was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool as her condition worsened.
Now, she requires constant attention.
Haydn and Sabrina have been staying in Liverpool for the last eight weeks to look after her.
She cannot be discharged, because, say her parents, of the damp conditions in their house in Farnworth.
Haydn said: “From finding out about her heart condition, the first thing we did was contact housing. We had been doing it for a while due to mould, damp and anti-social behaviour around the property.
“We’ve been offered another house now, but we’ve been staying in Liverpool for the last eight weeks.
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“The new house needs new carpeting, it needs to be painted, and we haven’t got the money to pay for that.”
Their other two children, TJ and Nova Gallagher, aged nine and four, have both been staying with their grandparents.
Sabrina added: “All we want is our family together, we can’t ask for anything more.”
The new property will have to be inspected to make sure that it is fit for the baby to stay in.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help Haydn and Sabrina with their costs for the new house.
To donate to the family’s GoFundMe, follow this link.(https://www.gofundme.com/f/76tqhm-help-baby-freya)