South Yorkshire birthday boy defies the odds

Jordan Gascoigne with his grandfather, Kevin
Jordan Gascoigne with his grandfather, Kevin
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Surrounded by family and friends Jordan Gascoigne celebrated his 21st birthday at a special party - after beating the odds to survive to adulthood.

Jordan was born with a life threatening heart and lung condition and lives every day as though it could be his last.

Jordan Gascoigne

Jordan Gascoigne

Medics warned his parents Nicola and Karl that Jordan’s life hung in the balance from birth and he spent his childhood in and out of hospital.

In 2000 Jordan was given just 48 hours to live after open heart surgery but battled for life and went on to complete his GCSEs at school, an apprenticeship at college and landed himself an office job.

Jordan, who grew up in Westfield before moving to Chesterfield - was a Star Superkid winner in 2004 - for raising money to a wheelchair for another needy child.

His proud grandfather Kevin Gascoigne, 57, from Sothall, Sheffield, described the birthday boy as his ‘hero’.

Jordan Gascoigne in hospital as a child

Jordan Gascoigne in hospital as a child

“This is another milestone we didn’t know whether we would celebrate but Jordan just keeps on amazing us all with his strength and positivity,” he said.

“He did his GCSEs with a collapsed lung, he spent his childhood in and out of hospital, he was so ill he only had 48 hours to live at one point but he keeps battling and his birthday party was a celebration of that fighting spirit.

“Jordan has done amazingly well and does everything with a smile on his face, he never lets his health get him down.”

He said Jordan’s next achievement would be to be fly on an aeroplane for a holiday, after medics gave him the go-ahead to take to the skies after previously saying it would be too risky.

Jordan Gascoigne celebrating his 21st birthday

Jordan Gascoigne celebrating his 21st birthday

“He went Disney in America as a child but then his condition deteriorated and we were told he would never fly again,” said Kevin.

“Now the doctors are saying that with oxygen he could manage a short flight so that is his next mission.”

Jordan said: “Life is fantastic, I can’t complain - I have a job, a car and I just take every day as it comes and make the most of everything because you never know when it is going to be your last one.

“I just live life to the full and get on with it.”