A baby girl with a complex heart condition has defied all the odds by surviving and is now approaching her first birthday.
Riziah, which means resilient, was given her name before she was even born when her father Farzam Moazzeny, 36, who is a Christian, felt he was being given a word from God.
In her small life, Riziah, from Astley Village, Chorley, has gone against doctors’ predictions that she would die before birth, has survived a heart operation just days after she was born and she still faces more surgery.
But despite everything Riziah is coming on leaps and bounds and is due to turn one on April 11. Mum Naomi, 31, said: “Riziah has gone from strength to strength after leaving hospital.
“She has regular check ups at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and has met all her milestones and is a happy, cheeky, inspiring little baby who to look at would not think she has so much going on on the inside. She doesn’t let anything hold her back and we cannot wait to celebrate an amazing year.
“Imagine being told that you wouldn’t even meet your baby and now I’m sending out her first birthday invites.”
When the couple went to hospital for Naomi’s first routine scan they discovered that there was a large sack of fluid on their baby.
The midwife said it was a Cystic Hyroma and that because of its size a miscarriage was highly likely. She said the Moazzenys could have a medical procedure done to find out if their baby had any abnormalities with a view to terminating the pregnancy if they wanted to. However for the Moazzenys aborting their baby was not something they would ever consider.
“God had blessed us with this child, termination was not an option,” said Naomi.
When Naomi reached her 17-week scan, amazingly the sack of fluid had disappeared but it also revealed that Riziah had a very low heart rate. Again medics warned that Riziah might not survive. But despite everything Riziah Mary Moazzeny was born on Monday, April 11 at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester.
The tiny fighter had to undergo surgery to have a pacemaker fitted among other things, at just nine days old and weighing only 2.3kg.
She was due to have open heart surgery in March but a consultant found another hole in her heart which has put the surgery on hold until she is older.
“Alder Hey has been amazing, they truly are miracle workers,” said Naomi.
Now Naomi wants to set up a playgroup for other families going through similarly traumatic pregnancies to let them share there stories and feel less isolated.