LITTLE Maxamillian Shaw is one year old tomorrow.
He will open his first ever birthday presents just two months after the second major operation of his fledgling life.
And parents Lisa and Martin Shaw can breathe a sigh of relief after Max’s recovery from a risky operation to fix a hole in his heart.
Shortly before their son entered theatre, the Uttoxeter couple were told by surgeons there was a one-in-twenty chance he would not survive.
But, after the ‘huge worry’ of the last 12 months, the Shaws can now celebrate as a family.
Mrs Shaw said: “It was a difficult pregnancy and I had to have a c-section.
“After he was born, I was in a ward with lots of mums with their newborn babies, but I couldn’t see mine.
“That was absolutely devastating and the worry we felt at that stage is hard to describe.”
Max’s complications include the arteries leading to his lungs being too thin.
He had a major operation, which, like his hear op, was at Glenfield Hospital, to widen the arteries as he was struggling to take in enough oxygen.
Mr Shaw said: “We’re so relieved to have him home now for his first birthday.
“After everything he’s been through, he’s a really tough kid and takes everything in his stride.
“There have been times when we’ve feared the worst as he’s needed a lot of care from medical professionals since he was born.
“The feeling of waiting for him to come out of surgery was horrible.”