Britain's smallest heart surgery baby home after treatment in Birmingham

Eleana Hastings
Eleana Hastings Photo: ITV Central

The smallest baby to undergo open heart surgery in Britain has spent her first proper night at home, after spending 18 months at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Eleana Hastings was 9 days old and weighed only 3lb 5oz when doctors carried out the major surgery. She had a hole in her heart and was missing a pulmonary valve. Her arteries were enlarged and were compressing her airways.

Eleana Hastings is now back at her home in Coventry
Eleana Hastings is now back at her home in Coventry Credit: ITV Central

Eleana's family describe her as their "little fighter" - she has survived cardiac arrests and three further major heart surgeries.

While she was being treated at the hospital, her family lived apart. Her mother, Fran, stayed with her, while Eleana's father Darren stayed at the family home in Coventry, looking after their two other children Jamie and Imogen.

Doctors say Eleana is now well enough to go home - although the family has had to put in medical equipment in her bedroom as part of Eleana's ongoing treatment and recuperation.

While she will need round-the-clock care at home, her family say they hope Eleana will be able to go to nursery and school.