Wishaw heart transplant mum’s delight as plucky son prepares for school

It’s a day that Louise Campbell thought she might never see.

But now the 44-year-old Wishaw mum is bursting with excitement at the prospect of sending her son off to primary school.

Ethan Campbell-Geddes was left fighting for his life when he was born 11 weeks prematurely in 2017, at the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank.

Weighing just two pounds, the brave tot defied the odds to survive – all the more incredible given his mum had suffered severe heart failure just six weeks before his birth.

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Now aged four, Ethan is ready to start his education at Firpark Primary in Motherwell and Louise, who had a heart transplant in December, can’t wait.

Louise told Lanarkshire Live said: “It’s a big deal for us. There was a time when I didn’t think we’d get this far.

“I spent months in hospital after my transplant and only got out in March.

“I really didn’t know if I would make it through but thankfully I did and I’m able to see Ethan start school – it’s a day I thought I’d never see.”

Louise suffered from cardiomyopathy, and had an implanted defibrillator fitted at the age of just 18, two years after she collapsed because of a heart condition which had already claimed the lives of her dad, aunt and uncle.

Louise, and her partner Kris Geddes, were told to prepare for the fact that Ethan carries a 50 per cent chance of inheriting the condition.

Young Wishaw lad Ethan Campbell was born 11 weeks premature

But the determined mum is only looking to the future.

She said: “Ethan is ready for school now and is excited about going.

“He’s non-verbal and a lot slower than other children but he’s such a happy wee guy and always optimistic.

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“Right now he will make noises and point at things to communicate with people, and he can really get quite bossy.

“We aren’t sure why he is non-verbal – he will randomly say a word one day but won’t speak again.

“We hope that one day he will speak and be able to use his voice.

“I am really the one who understands his communication, so he tried really hard and challenged himself when I was in the hospital after my transplant.

“He’s been to see the new school and he seemed happy when he was there, although he doesn’t fully understand.

“But I know he will get the help he really needs at Firpark.

“He has defied the odds and really shown what he is capable of.

“We just want to thank everyone who cared for Ethan, such as the people in the neonatal unit at University Hospital Wishaw.

“And I want to thank my donor for allowing me to have this heart transplant, and see my son start school.”

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