Toddler’s Open Heart Surgery Reveals Miraculous Talent
A few weeks after she was born, Rosanna Ogden underwent open heart surgery to remove a life-threatening tumor in her heart. After the successful procedure, the infant started taking swimming lessons which not only aided in her recovery, but also revealed her extraordinary talent in the water.
At 10-weeks-old, Rosanna went to a casual swim class for infants, as part of the doctors’ recommendation. By the time she was 13 months old (and didn’t know how to walk!), she was dubbed the “Miracle Underwater Swimmer Girl”, swimming alone and without assistance.
Swim coach Mary Parkinson teaches swimming to kids as young as 4, but was shocked when she saw Rosanna’s abilities.
“All the other kids at the first session were screaming but she had no problem at all.” Parkinson added, “She’s a fish. She just swims along, smiling away.”
In fact, now at 2-years-old, Rosanna swam 100 meters and raised nearly 1,000 dollars for the British Heart Foundation charity event. She also recently joined the Chorley Mini Marlins swim club, where the next-youngest member is aged six.
So what’s next for little Rosanna?
“Hopefully Olympic Gold,” Ben Hamlett, Rosanna’s swimming instructor said.