Miracle baby was inspiration for new business, says delighted Deborah

30.11.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes.  Auchinloch. Deborah Smith who had heart condition resolved to have a baby (Heather) at the age of 40.
30.11.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. Auchinloch. Deborah Smith who had heart condition resolved to have a baby (Heather) at the age of 40.

AN OVERJOYED new mum has told how she underwent heart surgery so she could have the baby she longed for.

Deborah Smith was diagnosed with the condition known as atrial fibrillation, which caused irregular heart rhythms, after coming back from an around the world trip seven years ago.

Due to her condition, and the fact that she was almost 40-years-old, Deborah thought she would never be a mum.

But when she and her fiance Gary Bryson (41) decided to try for a baby, Deborah, now 41, made the decision to have an operation she had been putting off, which would enable her to stop taking medication.

She underwent the procedure, called radiofrequency ablation, in August 2010 and in July the following year Deborah discovered she was pregnant, just before her 40th birthday.

Her beautiful baby Heather was born in May this year.

Deborah said: “It happened pretty quickly. I was over the moon as well because I had resigned myself to thinking it would never happen.

“I decided to have the operation with the intention of getting off the medication to try and have a family.

“I was getting older and my body clock was ticking.”

Deborah calls Heather her ‘miracle’ baby and loves being a mum.

And it’s through having her daughter that Deborah was recently appointed marketing and events manager for the Jack & Jill Market in Bishopbriggs and Dumbarton.

Deborah started buying from the baby and children’s markets while she was pregnant. She said: “Coming along to a local community market is a great opportunity for mums and families to save significant money on the quality items that we need or want for our children.

“I ended up talking to the founder and from there I found out they were looking for events managers.”

It’s a new venture for Deborah, whose previous jobs include working as a nightclub bouncer, a self-defence instructor, and a day care manager with Glasgow City Council, where she was based for a time at Glasgow Central Mosque. She will return to work with the council after her maternity leave.

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