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Scots tot given 50/50 chance of survival after rare genetic disorder diagnosis

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A Scots tot has been given a 50 per cent chance of survival after getting diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that requires heart surgery.

Rupert King from Edinburgh was born with Noonan syndrome, a genetic disorder which can cause a wide range of distinctive features and health problems.

The youngster also has pulmonary stenosis and in October 2023, his mum Michaela King was informed that he needed open heart surgery.

The family will travel to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for surgery next week. Still, Michaela says Rupert has only been given a 50 per cent chance of surviving the procedure and will have a greater chance of developing a stroke or brain damage.The 32-year-old is terrified of her wee one going into surgery and has wanted to be a mum since she was just 15.According to the NHS, Noonan syndrome is present from before birth, although milder cases may not be diagnosed until a child gets older.

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