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Girl Kept Alive By Viagra


[u]Girl Kept Alive By Daily Dose Of Viagra[/u]
Jessica, Four, Gets Sex Drug For Her Rare Heart Condition

A LITTLE girl with a rare heart condition is being kept alive with a unlikely treatment - daily doses of Viagra.

Jessica Findlay, four, takes the anti-impotence drug eight times daily to keep her circulation going and ease the strain on her heart.

The brave youngster combines it with a cocktail of other drugs in her fight for survival. But her mother Rachel, 25, said she was stunned when it was first prescribed.

She said: "It is not something I would have associated with little girls.

"It seems to be working and she has stunned doctors. She is a wee fighter.

"But her condition means that any time I spend away from her I am on a knife-edge. I can’t sleep at night because I am frightened she might go in the night.

“It just means I have to live my life day to day and enjoy every minute I get to spend with Jessica.”

Jessica’s condition is so rare it did not have a name but doctors named it severe multiple bilateral pulmonary stenosis.

She was diagnosed with it when she collapsed at home in Troon, Ayrshire, at 18 months old.

The arteries in both sides of her heart and lungs have begun narrowing, making it difficult for blood to pump around her body and leaving her at permanent risk of organ failure.

Only one other child in the UK is known to suffer from the condition, which more commonly affects only one side of the heart.

The severity of Jessica’s case means that she is left out of breath and weak from the slightest exertion and has to spend time resting when she could be playing with pals.

She has undergone six operations at the Sick Kids Hospital at Yorkhill, Glasgow, to insert balloons and stents into her arteries to prevent them from closing. But the efforts have failed so far.

Rachel, a full-time carer, said: "Sometimes I get angry.

“I wonder why my little girl has got this when she has never done any harm to anyone. But she has such a fantastic character - she looks after me as much as I look after her. She loves going to nursery and looking after her friends there.”

Dr Frances Bu’Lock, one of the UK’s top child heart and lung specialists at Glenfield Hospital in Leicestershire, said Jessica’s condition was so difficult to treat because the blood vessels in the heart and lungs were in branches.

She said: "This is an extremely rare condition and it is incredibly difficult to treat, especially if it affects the lungs.

"Sildenafil, the generic name for Viagra, works by improving blood flow in the blood vessels. But the treatment is rare and has only been used for a couple of years.

“There are only about 200 children in the UK who have received this drug.”

What a crappy world, some little girl is born into it, only to have this terrible condition, with a hgih probability of an early death

Didn’t something like this happen on House? I swear someone had a heart condition and House gave the person viagra because of the NO2 or something. I don’t know exactly, but it sounds familiar.

Well it was originally developed as a heart drug. Imagine how much it would suck to be an boy on that treatment though. Spontaneous erections were a bad enough problem in junior high without viagra in the equation. With it though, a kid would have to live a life without sweatpants.

I feel sorry for the mom… honestly if I were in her situation I dont know if I could handle it… basically spending my entire life in fear that my kid might just fall over dead at any moment…