A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl who was “brought back to life” by her parents is stepping into the limelight when she opens her school summer fayre.
Shonali Banerjee has been chosen to open the fayre at Oak Cottage Primary School after winning a competition to design a brochure for the fayre.
But the plucky youngster, who was born with a hole in the heart and has had to undergo a number of operations, is lucky to be alive after she had to be resuscitated by her parents, who are both doctors, last year.
“Last October she was seriously ill - she died on the floor of our lounge,” said her father Dr Arpan Banerjee, who works at Heartlands and Solihull hospitals.
“She had surgery for a hole in her heart when she was three months old then had to have a pacemaker fitted when she was three. Last October the pacemaker had broken and she was dead.
“Because I and my wife Tina are doctors we resuscitated her using cardio pulmonary resuscitation and she was taken to Heartlands Hospital.
“It was very dramatic but we managed to keep her alive.
“She was unconscious for three or four days and on a life support machine - they thought she was going to be brain damaged.”
Fortunately Shonali made a full recovery and seems none the worse following her ordeal.
Dr Banerjee said the whole family wanted to say a big thank-you to staff at Heartlands Hospital Intensive Treatment Unit for looking after Shonali and helping her to get better.
l The Oak Cottage summer fayre takes place this Saturday from 1pm until 4pm. The school is in Greswolde Road but due to roadworks and problems with access people organisers are advising people to enter via the Bryanston Road entrance.