Danielle urges others to have a heart and Ramp Up the Red

Danielle credits the British Heart Foundation for helping her beat heart disease
Danielle credits the British Heart Foundation for helping her beat heart disease

When Danielle Lewis complained of breathlessness and feeling tired at work she was first diagnosed by doctors as having asthma.

But the 20-year-old care worker from Newcarron was stunned when she discovered that she was in fact suffering from a recurrence of heart disease - a condition that had almost killed her as a baby.

The former St Mungo’s High School pupil spent more than three months in hospitals both sides of the border in 2012 but has since made a full recovery, and is now looking forward to resuming full-time employment.

Danielle spoke to The Falkirk Herald this week to promote the work of the British Heart Foundation, which is prmoting its annual Ramp Up the Red awareness day today.

“When I was born with congenital heart disease, doctors only gave me a five per cent chance of survival,” she said.

“My mum was told if I was to suffer any more heart problems, it would likely be when I was in my mid-to-late teens. So when I got past that age, I thought I was in the clear.”

When she was diagnosed for a second time two years ago it looked likely that Danielle would require a heart transplant. But her recovery has been so strong that the procedure has been put on hold.

Danielle, mum Bernie Wilson and pal Amy McNeilage are now active fundraisers for the British Heart Foundation and have set up a Facebook group to promote the regular events they arrange. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/heartshope01.

For details on Ramp Up the Red, visit www.rampupthered.org.uk.