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Miracle baby Rosanna swims before she can walk

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26 August 2011

At just 18 months old, Rosanna Ogden from Lancashire is living proof of the benefits of introducing a love of water at an early age.

Swimming with baby-swimming course specialists Water Babies since she was just 10 weeks old, Rosanna has been swimming unaided for the last five months.

It was clear from the start that she loved being in the water.

Rosanna’s extraordinary progress in the pool is even more remarkable as at just six weeks old, she was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of tumour in her heart and underwent an emergency operation.

Rosanna’s parents Mick and Sanam Ogden were told she may not survive as the tumour was stopping blood being pumped into Rosanna’s heart before being circulated back around her body.

But after defying the odds and successfully recovering from the eight-hour operation, her medical team recommended she attend swimming lessons to help build up her strength.

Rosanna’s mum Sanam said, “We joined the Water Babies classes when Rosanna was just 10 weeks old and it was clear from the start that she loved being in the water.

"She enjoyed it so much that we started taking her swimming three or four times a week.

"It was during our family holiday earlier this year that we realised she was able to swim on her own. She is very strong now and Water Babies have moved Rosanna into the toddlers class as she is so advanced for her age.”

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The ASA recommends learning to swim at the earliest possible opportunity and the ASA’s Head of Learn to Swim, Jon Glenn said: “Rosanna is a fantastic example of how swimming can provide health benefits and it’s great that she has started learning at from an early age.

"She does seem to be something of a miracle as it’s quite unusual to be able to swim unaided at such a young age.

“Babies need to become familiar with the water, gain confidence and have fun which is what early swimming lessons are all about.

"Water Babies is a good example of this as they link in with the ASA Learn to Swim framework which takes children through from their first splash to full competence in the water.”

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    11.12am 28th February 2012
    john green from horwich

    rosanna ogden was in the sun newspaper last week, and also on tv, a short story about her on granada reports follow the link below about it

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4144569/Tumour-babe-who-swims-for-her-life.html


    http://www.itv.com/granada/heart-tumour-swimmer28590/

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    3.10pm 12th September 2011
    Del from horwich

    this is an amazing story, which will give hope to the familys of poorly children,  you can see that what ever is wrong something allways comes right in the end, i have seen Rosanna in the pool at Horwich on many occassions

    Keep up the Swimming Rosanna

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    1.07pm 12th September 2011
    Sanam Ogden from United Kingdom

    Rosanna started to swim unaided at 13 months of age.
    at 6 weeks of age she had a rare type of tumour in her heart and she’s been lucky that she did survived. and now after it all, its 6 months that she can swim unaided with no help.


    http://rosannaogden.blogspot.com

    Sanam Ogden

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    10.59am 3rd September 2011
    Diane Maskill from cheshire

    This is not unusual, I have 3 children (6,4 and 3) who can swim extremely well.  The oldest now level 7 at just 6 (1000m & bronze), was a late swimmer she was 3 when she started to swim on her own, but the other 2 could swim at 18 months (both followed the water baby program).  The 4 year old swam 100 meters front crawl for the swimathon at just 3.  She is now at just 4 and currently ASA level 6.  The 3 year old also swims extremely well, she is currently level 3 ASA, and can manage both front and back crawl, do somersaults, and swim several lengths of the pool in one session.

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    5.09am 30th August 2011
    Character Education from USA

    That’s helpful information you shared here. I am searching for the same. I have book marked your site for further updates. Thanks

Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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