The mum of a young Aberdeen boy who has a rare heart condition today said she broke down in tears after doctors discovered he had a clot in his heart.
Shanna Hutcheson’s six-year-old son Ashton suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy – something which normally only affects adults.
The condition means Ashton, of Northfield, is classed as having heart failure.
Young Ashton has been in and out of Freeman’s Hospital in Newcastle, which specialises in “mechanical hearts” for children, since December 2013.
And earlier this year Shanna was given the news Ashton’s heart had 98% recovered and it was hoped his mechanical heart could be removed.
But earlier this week during a routine check-up in Newcastle, where Ashton goes every few months, doctors discovered he now has a clot inside his heart which is also touching his mechanical one.
Ashton, who is in P2 at Bramble Brae, has now been given medication in a bid to get rid of the clot before it gets worse. Mum Shanna said the news had left her heartbroken.
She added the clot could lead to serious problems for Ashton.
Shanna said: “While they were doing his scans they found out he had a clot.
“They have now put Ashton on new medication to try to dissolve the clot.
“We are now back in Aberdeen and he will have a scan at the end of the week to see if the new medicine has dissolved it or not.
“The clot is in his heart and touching his mechanical one.
“If they don’t get rid of the clot it can cause all sorts of serious problems.
“If it goes to his brain, it could lead to him having a stroke.”