Critically-ill toddler is kept alive with daily dose of Viagra

A toddler who was born with a critical heart defect is alive today thanks only to a daily dose of Viagra.

The nineteen month old girl from South Wales, was given only a 50% chance of survival at birth due to being born with a heart defect, no spleen and a number of problems with her stomach and bowel.

Although Viagra is often used to treat sexual dysfunction, in this case it helped her blood to circulate around her body more easily; something which was absolutely vital following an operation to insert a feeding tube into her nose and throat, fed directly into her stomach. Heart specialists at the hospital have been so impressed with her progress that they have insisted that they don’t need to see her for another nine months.

The mother stated that the prognosis was particularly grim when she was pregnant, with the odds of a successful birth being particularly low. She said she was advised seven times to proceed with a termination after a hole was discovered in baby’s heart during the twenty-week pregnancy scan. It was at this point that she was given a 50% chance of survival.

With six tablets taken every day in order to manage her condition, the baby  is making excellent progress and her family are under no illusions that the inclusion of Viagra has effectively saved her life.