A five-year-old girl with a rare condition which means she could die if she gets upset is celebrating Christmas early after receiving hundreds of cards from strangers.
Brave Isabell Salat suffers from four life-threatening Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) which means her heart becomes starved of oxygen if she becomes emotional. She had excessive fat and muscle around her pulmonary artery from birth that mean she goes “floppy” and her nose, lips, fingers and toenails turn blue. Isabell had open-heart surgery at six months old, but the fat has grown back and last year she almost died when she got upset. Mum Kimberley, 27, and her fiance Ian Salat, 39, appealed on Facebook for strangers to send Isabell Christmas cards to keep her smiling, and ultimately keep her alive.