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amazing recovery Mum of a baby born with four holes in her heart say 'every day is a joy'

When little Maia Mhandu was born, doctors told her parents she could suffer heart failure and die at any moment

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Emma Mhandu with her daughters Maia and Nina

Emma Mhandu with her daughters Maia and Nina

Emma Mhandu with her daughters Maia and Nina

The parents of a baby born with four holes in her heart say "every day is a joy" as she continues to make a sensational recovery.

When little Maia Mhandu was born, doctors told her parents - one of whom is a leading surgeon - she could suffer heart failure and die at any moment and she'd, at the very best, need several invasive operations and strong medication to save her life.

That was until world-famous faith healer Danny Gallagher came out of retirement to help her.

When Maia's parents became too afraid to sleep in case she didn't wake up, they took drastic action and sought the help of Danny.

And after a few visits the holes in her heart - including a massive one in her small chamber - closed over and scans at her six-month review proved it.

The Maghera miracle man had put his 'magic' hands out to pasture last year when he contracted cancer and he had suffered heartache when his wife passed away suddenly last February.

He still gets inundated with requests for help but he has to refuse because he says he's simply not fit enough anymore.

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Maia Mhandu,  was born with a large hole in her heart and was given little chance of survival.

Maia Mhandu, was born with a large hole in her heart and was given little chance of survival.

Maia Mhandu, was born with a large hole in her heart and was given little chance of survival.

When Maia was born in a planned Caesarean section in Antrim Area Hospital last September, she was seen by several heart doctors who all said the holes would not close on their own.

Earlier this year we revealed that when baby Maia came calling Danny just couldn't turn her away and, since seeing him, she has defied the doctors by not only not requiring a single operation but has not even needed any medication.

"Maia is doing really well as you can see," said Emma Mhandu from her home in Antrim.

"It was fantastic being able to celebrate her first birthday in September. There were moments when we feared she would ever get to celebrate that.

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"Now she's starting to move around and we've had to move the tree to stop her pulling it down and put locks on the cupboard doors!

"She had her one-year review with the paediatricians who were delighted though somewhat surprised at her recovery.

"She will have her annual heart scan in January, but we are expecting it to be good news given her health and the results of her six-months scan.

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Emma Mhandu, with daughter Maia

Emma Mhandu, with daughter Maia

Emma Mhandu, with daughter Maia

"She's getting stronger every day, she's very playful and she's starting to walk, it won't be long now. She's also starting to say a few words and say mummy and daddy and calls the cat 'kitty'.

"Every day is a joy to wake up with Maia when she is so full of life like this after what we could have been facing.


"We remain forever grateful to Danny. He was very honest with us from the start. He told us there was no guarantee and he was insistent that we keep up all our hospital appointments.

"He wasn't promising anything and definitely wasn't saying we should ignore the advice of the hospital, quite the opposite."

Emma's husband Peter is a highly respected doctor at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital but asked not to be identified fully in the story as his department is currently not allowed to speak to the press.

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Danny Gallagher

Danny Gallagher

Danny Gallagher

But it was Peter's idea to turn to the faith healer after a friend suggested him and Peter tracked him down on the internet.

Emma said: "Because of Peter's job as a surgeon it's very difficult to tell people we tried out alternative therapies like a faith healer, but we were desperate.

"You've got to remember the traumatic time we went through when she was born. She couldn't breathe properly and when we got her home she couldn't cry - she kind of squeaked instead.

"We used to take it in turns at night to watch her sleep because we were so scared she would die from heart failure at any moment.

"It really was very traumatic. She had so many appointments, check-ups and scans on her heart and I really blocked it all out because I was still in shock."

Emma says the couple firmly believe Maia would not have survived had they not taken her to see Danny.

Speaking back in June about how Danny helped Maia, Emma explained: "I was in a state of shock and when Peter suggested we try Danny I was pretty sceptical and just went along with it.

"When you are facing something like that you will try anything. Initially when we contacted Danny he told us he was retired and couldn't help but he came back to us after he changed his mind - and thank God he did.

"I don't how it worked - but it did work. Danny saw Maia three times over a period of two weeks. He was honest with us and warned us it doesn't always work, he was so humble.

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Nina Mhandu, with her sister Maia and the man her family believe saved her life, faith healer Danny Gallagher.

Nina Mhandu, with her sister Maia and the man her family believe saved her life, faith healer Danny Gallagher.

Nina Mhandu, with her sister Maia and the man her family believe saved her life, faith healer Danny Gallagher.

"We visited him and he did the blessing always after sunset but even after the first visit we saw big improvements in Maia.

"She started feeding better, putting on weight and getting stronger - she just had more energy and she just kept improving."

But the best news of all came when the couple, who married five years ago, took Maia to her six-month scan review to be told the holes had closed up.

The Sunday World has covered Danny's remarkable career as a faith healer and spoken to dozens of people who say Danny had been able to cure them of minor illnesses which had confounded doctors.

Last year Danny revealed he had needed a nine-hour operation to save his own life when a cancerous tumour was discovered attached to his stomach and kidneys.

That came shortly after his beloved wife Nora passed away suddenly from pneumonia.

He has reiterated he was still in retirement and had only made a special exception for baby Maia.

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