Down syndrome model Madeline Stuart underwent open heart surgery last week and is still in hospital as she battles for her life.
After attending Madeline’s yearly routine check-up, she was advised by her doctors at The Prince Charles Hospital that the leaking mitral valve in her heart had deteriorated and she was now in advanced heart failure.
The doctors informed her that she would require open heart surgery to repair the valve. Madeline’s surgery was scheduled for late November however she unfortunately fell ill with a chest infection and it was postponed.
Madeline was admitted a second time at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane on Sunday 9th December to undergo open heart surgery the following morning.
In the complex five-hour surgery, the hospital’s surgical team successfully repaired Madeline’s mitral valve.
The procedure went better than hoped, if everything continues to go well she will hopefully never need surgery again.
Madeline was admitted to the intensive care unit to begin her recovery. She remained in intensive care for three days with her Mother Rosanne and family friends by her side.
Although it was a relief she was out of surgery, her time in ICU looked very dire at times.
Thankfully Madeline progressed, and things are looking more promising.
Madeleine remained upbeat throughout even posting on her Instagram pages pictures of herself in hospital.
'Day 5 today post op and feeling pretty great, everything is going well and my fitness levels have just made things so much better. Be back in the gym in 5 weeks and 2 days hopefully, but who is counting,' Madeleine wrote.
However today Madeleine's condition worsened with the following update from her mother:
'Another horrible night in ICU, I would love to give you good news but Maddy has gone back into Atrial fibrillation and her rate is sitting over 150 and fluctuating. We are trying more drugs today to see if we can bring it down. Feeling wrecked.'
Let's hope she feels better soon!