A baby girl born with a rare “mirror heart” has continued to defy doctors after her parents were told she would die in the womb.
Riziah Moazzeny was born with a rare condition called Heterotaxy Syndrome - which causes internal organs to be abnormally arranged inside the body.
In Riziah’s case the condition caused her heart to mirror image itself which resulted in her having two left sides of her heart.
And at their 12 week scan parents Naomi and Farzam were told their unborn baby would not survive.
The 34-year-old year old mum said: “When I went for my 12 week scan I was told our babies life would end while I was pregnant.
“And I was offered a termination.
“But we told doctors that this had been our baby since we saw that blue line and there was not a chance we were terminating this pregnancy.
“So we asked all our friends and family to pray and we believed that our baby would get through this.”
Doctors had identified that Riziah had a fluid-filled sack called a Cystic Hygroma - which is usually found in the neck or head.
At 17 weeks the mum and dad were told the sack had disappeared, but their baby had a condition known as complete heart block and further down the line, at 28 weeks, they were given the devastating news she had Heterotaxy Syndrome, which had caused a mirrored heart.
The mum said: “Her heartbeat was half of what it should have been.
“She needed to be over 2kg when born to be able to have heart surgery.”
Amazingly Riziah was born at 37 weeks weighing 5lb 13oz and was immediately taken to ICU and at four days old transferred to Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
Her parents decided upon her name, after the word resilient due to everything she had already overcome.
And at nine days old she had life saving heart surgery.
Mum Naomi, from Preston, said: “We had our faith all along that she would survive.
"When I was pregnant, we didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl as we wanted it to be a surprise. But we would call my bump 'baby Rizzi' after the word resilient and decided to make up a name to reflect that.
"So if it was a girl it was to be Riziah and if it was a boy it would have been Rizian."
Naomi said when Riziah was born, she continued to fight and amaze her parents and doctors.
She added: “Even when she was born her heart did something quite miraculous.
“When babies are born there is a hole in their heart called a PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus) which should close.
“However in Riziahs case it stayed open, which in fact saved her life as it caused her heart and lungs to work harder.
“At nine days old she had heart surgery to repair the complete heart block.
“Her heart was beating at 52 beats per minute, which is when doctors usually start resuscitation.
“After surgery she was put on a ventilator and she actually came off it and breathed on her own on the day she was due to be born.”
Riziah, now aged three, will need open heart surgery in the future however her mum said despite everything she has gone through she "is always smiling”.
The mum-of-two, who also has a son Daniel, said: “She is the most happy and sweet little girl you will ever meet.
“When people meet her and they find out all she has been through and all that’s going on inside her they are gobsmacked.
“She doesn’t let anything stop her.
“She is such a sassy, feisty and strong little girl.”
The condition Riziah has also affects her other organs such as her liver,bowel and spleen and she is on daily medication.
However she has recently just started going to nursery and her mum said she is thriving.
She added: “She will always have complications but we are hoping she can live a normal life.
“She blows my mind.
“When I am having a rubbish day I will look at how much she has to go through.
“She will have an incredible story to tell when she is older.
“I can see her being a nurse or something in the medical profession because she is so caring and I would be surprised if she didn’t go into something where she could give back to people.”
Naomi added: “We cannot thank every single nurse, play therapist, doctor and surgeon enough for all that they do for our daughter.
“When I go to Alder Hey when we walk through those doors I take a breath and I feel like we are at home.
“They are a specialist hospital and I just know she is going to be looked after.
“She is our little miracle.”