Days after being rushed into the world via an emergency C-section, it was clear that Blayke had beaten remarkable odds by surviving to birth. That’s because she was born with a rare chromosomal disorder, called Turner syndrome, which affects only girls and has a 99 per cent mortality rate in utero.
In addition to being short in stature, Blayke experienced a host of health problems as a result of her condition. When she was just three weeks old, doctors performed heart surgery to correct a narrowing of the aorta. Over the years, the family were regulars at BC Children’s Hospital as a result of chronic pneumonia, mononucleosis and other health scares. Blayke’s health problems became more complex after she was diagnosed with two additional heart defects at the age of four—which she underwent open-heart surgery to treat. All told, Blayke has been seen by 12 different departments at BC Children’s Hospital.
Despite her ongoing health issues, the seven-year-old is determined to live each day to the fullest—which includes plenty of horseback riding, bike riding and video games.
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