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Talented youngster Tiyan Shek was just four days old when she went under the knife and now she is performing in a BBC show. By Steve Hendry The 10-year-old spins and twirls and jumps and flips, a pixie buzzbomb of energy. She moves like she was born to do it but her glittery costumes are cut so they don’t show the scar on her chest. Traumatic entry into the world Tiyan, from Glenrothes, was just four days old when she had open-heart surgery. For her mum Euphene, remembering her traumatic entry into the world still makes her emotional. 

Tiyan Shek (L) and her sister Estelle bust some moves in front of the Forth Rail Bridge (Image: Collect)

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Following a natural birth at Forth Park, her midwife noticed Tiyan was abnormally blue. Further checks revealed her oxygen levels were low and her heart wasn’t beating properly. ‘We went to another hospital by ambulance the same day, met with all the doctors and they said she needed open-heart surgery, scheduled on day four after she was born.’ Keeping active

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The operation was a success. And as Tiyan grew up she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her older sister Estelle, who had started to dance and win competitions. After checking with the hospital, Euphene and Martin were encouraged to keep her active. For her parents, when she first started, it was close to terrifying.

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‘We wondered if Tiyan could cope with the super-fast pace of acrobatic moves and dance, if it was putting unnecessary pressure on her heart. We did ask all these questions but, at the same time, we realised we couldn’t wrap her up in cotton wool and, from then on, she just excelled. I just wanted her to have a hobby but she is very determined to do well and gets very angry with herself if she doesn’t.’ A true fighter and example for others ‘She was a fighter from birth and she is the same with competitions.’

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Tiyan’s doctors in Glasgow have also been impressed; they share Tiyan’s story with their patients and their parents to help relieve their fear and worry for their children, to give the message that sick kids can live normally, live healthy lives, stay active and enjoy sports like other kids.

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