Four year old heart survivor swims to save lives

30 July 2014        

Rosanna swims for the BHF

On Saturday 16 August 2014 Rosanna Ogden, along with 150 swimmers, will be taking part in a sponsored swim at David Lloyd Leisure Centre in Chorley, to raise funds to fight heart disease.

Rosanna was born with a rare heart condition and had life-saving surgery at just six weeks old. After an eight hour operation she was moved to the Intensive Care Unit and her parents were informed she’d had a tumour in her heart muscle partly removed that was potentially life-threatening. The whole tumor was unable to be removed as this would damage her heart and could have killed her. Now Rosanna has to be monitored closely for the rest of her life.

A natural swimmer

As part of her recovery, Rosanna took up swimming and found that she was a natural. She could swim in a pool before she could walk. At the age of just four years old, Rosanna swam 600m to raise money for us.

Now, along with her parents, Sanam and Mick, she has organised this sponsored swim event – a first in the North West for us, to raise even more money for life-saving research.

Rosanna’s Mum, Sanam says: “It was a perfect fit, a girl with a heart condition who loves swimming, what better way to raise money for the BHF. We know how unusual her condition is and how far she has come that’s why we set up a justgiving page and have raised over £1000.

“By raising money for the BHF we hope this will help to look after and care for more people with a heart condition. Rosanna’s swimming is our way of doing something for charity that helps vulnerable hearts like Rosanna’s. Her story is quite amazing; she is a miracle underwater swimmer girl.”

On the day of the swim they are expecting the Mayor, press and local TV to attend as well as many supporters, friends and family.

Find out more

To find out more about Rosanna and her amazing story, visit her website or to donate to her fundraising challenge check out her Just Giving page.