A DETERMINED mum-of-two with a heart condition has climbed the UK’s biggest mountain just months after the birth of her second child - raising £1,150 for the Golden Jubilee.

Melanie Milligan, 27, was admitted to the Clydebank facility after she developed a blood clot on the metal aortic valve replacement which was fitted when she was just 14.

And when the blood clot couldn’t be cleared, a 20-strong team of specialists delivered baby Millie in September at 28 weeks weighing just 2lb 5oz.

Melanie had heart surgery to replace the blocked valve the week after giving birth.

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Whilst baby Millie spent several months in the neonatal wards in other hospitals, mum Melanie could keep a close eye on the tot from a dedicated “babycam link” at her hospital bedside.

The Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service (SACCS) team which helped Melanie safely deliver baby Millie and big sister Ariana, even ensured that Ariana could celebrate her third birthday with a party in the hospital.

Now with both Millie and mum doing great, Melanie wanted to do something to say thank you to staff at the Golden Jubilee for the care she and her daughters received.

The 27-year-old climbed Ben Nevis with her sister Lauren and best friends Hannah, Eilidh and Amy.

Melanie said: “The care I’ve had at the Golden Jubilee has been so special. It was a very traumatic and emotional time for me and all my family, but the staff are just amazing.

“I wanted to do something special to show my appreciation and show that although I have a heart problem, it won’t stop me from doing things I want to do.

“The response I got was absolutely phenomenal. My sister held a bake sale at her work and we raised a lot of money in cash donations and on JustGiving.

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“I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff, who even brought in presents for Millie afterwards, and everyone who gave so generously.”

Niki Walker, Golden Jubilee consultant cardiologist who was part of Melanie’s care team, said: “Melanie was a wonderful patient and we are all delighted that she and her two beautiful daughters are healthy and doing great.

“We’d like to thank her and her family for this very generous donation, which will help us care for other families.”

To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/melanie-milligan-teammillie.