|Baby Piper is ready to take on the world following heart surgery
In July 2023, at just eight weeks old, Piper Faulds had heart surgery in the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. Less than three months later, she is at home laughing, feeding, and keeping her parents busy. Her cheeky smile says it all!
Piper’s journey at the hospital started in June 2023 after her parents, Gemma Smith, and Conor Faulds, flagged some concerns to their GP at Piper’s six-week check-up.
“At just a few weeks old, Piper wasn’t gaining weight at the rate that we expected. She was breastfed at first, but we switched her over to formula as we assumed that she wasn’t getting the volume of milk that she needed from me. It was also apparent to us that she was having challenges breathing with visible tightness in her chest and ‘tucking’ under her chin,” said Gemma.
It was at this appointment that Piper’s GP listened to her chest and heard a murmur. Sharing Gemma and Conor’s concern, he immediately referred them to hospital where Piper had a cardiac consult. After testing, it was determined that Piper had three holes in her heart.