A BRAVE little girl who underwent seven major life-saving operations helped the London Eye light up to celebrate a hospital's 150th anniversary.

Nancy Rockell from Bracknell was amongst a group of children who were cared for by the Evelina London Children's Hospital, who celebrated their birthday on December 5.

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The London Eye was illuminated in blue, green, yellow, orange and pink to represent the Evelina London logo.

Nancy who was born with right atrial isomerism which meant her heart was born on the wrong side of her chest, one heart valve, tangled intestines, an upside down appendix and born without a spleen.

Experts in Evelina London’s fetal cardiology team discovered that Nancy had an incredibly rare heart defect when her mother, Kayleigh, was 20 weeks pregnant.

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Her mum said: "It has been a difficult journey but seeing Nancy now, you wouldn’t know she’d been through so much.

"We owe so much to the staff at Evelina London and really can’t thank them enough.

"It was so exciting to see Nancy lighting up the London Eye. Christmas is a really special time for our family and it feels extra fitting to come back to Evelina London after Nancy has made such an amazing recovery."

The four-year-old underwent four major surgeries, including three open heart surgeries and now she no longer experiences shortness of breath or fatigue.

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Janet Powell, director of nursing at Evelina London, said: “It was a true honour to have four of our children and young people helping us to light up the London Eye in the colours of the Evelina London logo.

"Every year at the hospital is special, but celebrating our landmark 150th anniversary has been particularly important in highlighting the incredible work of our staff, as well as the strength and resilience of our children, young people and their families."