A GIRL who had major surgery at just two days old has reached the peak of fundraising success by conquering Britain’s three highest summits with her adventurous little brother.
Lily-Mae Perry, now aged 11, was born with a hole in her diaphragm, which caused her heart and lungs to be squashed when she tried to breathe.
She was given just a 20 per cent chance of surviving her major operation but made an impressive recovery and joined her family in pursuing a passion for fell-walking.
Lily and her adventure-mad brother Tom (7) have now completed the national Three Peaks Challenge together, raising more than £2,000 for the hospital that saved Lily-Mae’s life.
Tom said: “My sister underwent an operation at just a couple of days old and was 72 hours long.
“With just a 20 per cent chance of survival, Lily-Mae recovered.
“Now we get to go to school together, swim, play and have an amazing, happy life.”
Lily-Mae said the challenge had been exhausting — but left her proud she could do it with her younger brother.
“It felt really good to raise such a big amount of money for the hospital and I am pleased that we did it — it was a great achievement,” she said.
“I am so proud of my brother for doing all three peaks — and I think he even did better than me in the end.”
The siblings, along with dad Craig Perry (44), of Hellaby and his best friend Andrew McCann, climbed up all three of the UK’s National Peaks – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Mount Snowdon in Wales and Scafell Pike in England – last month after having previously postponed the challenge due to Covid.
The four hiked 23 miles in just three days and left a personalised flag at the top of each peak.
They raised £2,310 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where Lily-Mae was treated as a baby.
Mum Hayley Perry (41), said her daughter was now fit and well, with doctors still astonished by how quickly she recovered.
Proud dad Craig added: “My kids are just remarkable.
“They climbed the tallest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, camped out, carried their own gear and completed ascents and descents of 10,000 feet — all in just three days.
“We talk about children’s mental well-being and resilience, well these two have it oozing out of every pore. I am so proud of what they have achieved.”
Tom added: “We wanted to raise money and awareness for the people who provided mummy and daddy with mountains of support when their world was turned upside down – and whose skills and dedication gave me a sibling who I admire and love to annoy.
“My sister climbing all three peaks wouldn’t have been possible without the skill and dedication of the doctors, nurses and surgeons at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
“Lily had an amazing team of doctors and nurses who cared for her 24/7. They managed to fix something which was badly broken and saved her life.”
The Perry family said they wanted to thank everyone for all of their donations and support.