Smiles all round as brave Hope Puttock turns eight

Brave Hope Puttock, who was born with Downs Syndrome and underwent open heart surgery when just five

Brave Hope Puttock, who was born with Downs Syndrome and underwent open heart surgery when just five-months old, is celebrating her eighth birthday with a party at Play2Day. - Credit: Gregg Brown

There were smiles all round as a brave Suffolk eight-year-old celebrated her birthday in style.

Hope Puttock, from Martlesham, was with more than 60 friends and family at Play2Day in Martlesham Heath yesterday.

Hope, a pupil at Melton Primary School, was born with Down’s Syndrome and several holes in her heart and had to undergo open-heart surgery when she was five months old. She turned eight on Thursday.

Her mum, Dee, said: “I’m so proud of her. She can read and write. She’s at a fantastic school.”

As Hope ran around the indoor playpark, her proud mum said: “She’s got all that energy.

“We have worked so hard with her. We’re all in her life, teaching her, playing with her.

“She likes music and make-up, and she’s got a good sense of humour.”

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Mrs Puttock also hoped her daughter would live a long life.

She added: “I was devastated when I had the test and found out she had Down’s, but it’s not as bad as you think. I hope she gets married, goes to college and gets a job – everything that everyone else does.

“It’s wonderful, I’m so pleased that I have got her.”

Mrs Puttock said: “It was horrible in the theatre (when she was having open-heart surgery).

“Thank the Lord she survived it – she’s a fighter.

“She’s meant to be here and she likes being here.”

Hope, who had a mountain of presents given to her and had been beside herself with excitement all day, said being at the indoor playpark was the best bit of her birthday.

Mrs Puttock added: “She just keeps going.

“She’s got a lovely personality. I love her.”

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