When hairdresser Faye Morgan went to the doctors with an ear infection, a hole in the heart was the last thing she expected them to find.
The 17-year-old had no idea that it had been there since birth, and suddenly found herself facing the prospect of open heart surgery.
She said: “The doctor thought I had a heart murmur, which can come and go, but mine was still there when I went back for a check up. She sent me for tests and they found the hole in my heart.
“I have always been fit and well and into all kinds of sports and have never had any symptoms that would make me think there was something wrong with my heart.”
Miss Morgan will discover next week if she has to undergo open heart surgery to have the hole repaired, or whether it can be done by key-hole surgery.
She said: “I’m lucky that mine can be repaired because of where it’s located, some can’t. I’m just glad it was discovered because I may have ended up having a heart attack at a young age if it hadn’t.”
Miss Morgan is a second-year apprentice at Janet Best Hairdressing on Batley Road, Alverthorpe, where a fundraiser was held for Leeds General Infirmary’s Children’s Heart Surgery Fund on Wednesday, when the salon celebrated its expansion.
She said: “My work colleagues have been so supportive and it was so nice of them to raise money for this cause.”
To find out more about the charity visit www.chsf.org.uk