More surgery for baby Toby

Toby Dring
Toby Dring
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A WHITBY baby – the youngest ever to have open heart surgery – will undergo further operations this weekend.

Three-month-old Toby Dring is back in hospital to have a cardiac catheter operation which is an exploratory procedure to determine what treatment the tiny tot needs next.

He made the headlines this week by being the youngest person to undergo open heart surgery and is already proving to be a tough fighter.

Mum Sophie (25) was advised to terminate her pregnancy when it was discovered at a 20-week scan that the baby had hypoplastic left heart syndrome – a condition affecting one in 5,000 babies which causes the left side of the heart to not function properley.

But she decided to go ahead and Toby was born on 8 September at Newcastle with a team of experts on standby.

They had intended to operate on him within a week but he was so poorly they had to do it before he was even a day old. Despite the hospital trips and operations ahead of him, he is now settling into life at home in Upgang Lane with mum Sophie.

She said: “The cardiac catheter sounds serious but it is just to see what they need to do before his next operation and how quickly they need to do it.

“He should only be in a few days, fingers crossed.”

Toby’s middle name is Benjamin after Sophie’s friend Ben Landers who was killed in a car crash several years ago.

Sophie and her family are planning a series of fund-raising events.

l LOOK out in forthcoming issues of the Gazette for more details.