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'Miracle' tot defies the odds and reaches first birthday

Braydon celebrates his milestone birthday with his parents. Credit: SWNS

Braydon Boyland is his parents' "wee miracle". The "little solider" has defied the odds and after spending half of his life in hospital due to heart defects, he has reached his first birthday.

Little Braydon celebrated his first birthday on Monday following a gruelling year of surgeries and check-ups.

When the tot's parents - 21-year-old Paige MacFarlane and 22-year-old Ross Boyland - went for their 20-week scan, they were told their baby had serious health problems. So serious they were asked if they wished to terminate the pregnancy.

We knew immediately that wasn't an option. We couldn't have lived with ourselves. And when you look at him now today I couldn't imagine life without him.

– Braydon's mother Paige MacFarlane

On July 4, 2015, Braydon was born six weeks early, weighing just four pounds. He was born suffering pulmonary artesia, and transposition of the great arteries which can lead to breathing difficulties as the de-oxygenated blood cannot get into the lungs.

Braydon in hospital. Credit: SWNS

At only eight-weeks-old Braydon underwent open heart surgery with doctors warning his parents there was a one-in-four chance he would not survive the operation.

In September he was finally allowed home, only to be rushed back into hospital three days later when he developed breathing difficulties.

We were in Tesco and he turned blue and unresponsive.

He was rushed back to hospital and was put on a ventilator so he could get a CT scan.

A few weeks later they tried to put a catheter into a blood vessel in his groin up to his heart but the artery had closed over, so that wasn't possible.

He had lost the use of his left lung.

– Page MacFarlane, Braydon's mother
Braydon in hospital. Credit: SWNS

Only months later the tot, from Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, underwent heart surgery again, but this time his body rejected a shunt in his heart, forcing doctors to operate again. This time doctors had to leave Braydon's chest open for four days to reduce the swelling.

Finally on January 3, Braydon was allowed home from hospital.

For everything he's been through, he's just a happy baby, precious and beautiful.

He's our wee miracle - he just keeps fighting.

If you could take it all for him, you would. He's been through more than anyone I know, but he's always smiling. He's our wee soldier.

– Braydon's mother, Page MacFarlane

Looking to the future Braydon faces another life-saving operation before his fifth birthday and he may even need a heart transplant when he is older, and while doctors have told the family that the tot will never be as fit and healthy as other children, they are determined to give him the best quality of life.