FROM undergoing two major surgeries to being on life support, baby Harper Forrester has already been through so much during her first three months of life.

Fran and Nick Forrester, from Orford, welcomed their 'perfect' second daughter into the world in April, a little sister to first-born Darcie.

But at only four weeks old, Harper was rushed to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool for emergency surgery.

Nick said: "When Harper was born, she was making strange noises when she was breathing.

"We were told that she would grow out of it, but her breathing got worse and worse and she stopped putting weight on.

"She was referred to Alder Hey, who found cysts on her larynx and rushed her into emergency surgery.

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Harper in Alder Hey Children's Hospital

"These cysts were shutting her airways off – she was in intensive care, and on life support for a short period of time.

"It was potentially life-threatening, which is the last thing you want to hear – it shook our world."

Five days later, Harper was back in theatre for another huge operation and she would spend a total of four weeks in hospital.

But the care she received at Alder Hey is something that Fran and Nick will never forget – nor will the support from Ronald McDonald House, which puts up the families of poorly children while they are in hospital.

And Nick is now hoping to repay both with a huge fundraiser.

Next month, the personal trainer – who works on Warrington Wolves' performance team – will be climbing Ben Nevis, cycling 96 miles along the West Highland Way and kayaking 23 miles across Loch Lomond, all in one go.

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Friends and family will be joining him for parts of the challenge, which has already raised more than £2,500 – smashing the original target of £2,000.

Nick is now hoping to raise £4,000 through the gruelling event.

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He added: "The doctors, the consultants and the nurses at Alder Hey treated our daughter like she was their own, and Ronald McDonald House was a saviour.

"We were blown away with how we were treated, the service and care we received was unbelievable.

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"I'm not a rich man but I've got my health and my fitness, so I wanted to use that to pay something back and to say thank you to everyone for the way that my daughter was treated when she was poorly.

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"It was a very stressful time, but we're a close knit family and we got through it.

"The doctors think that the cysts might be growing back so she might need more surgery, but if we do need to go back we're in the best hands possible."

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