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Viagra Keeping 7 Year Girl Alive

A young British girl with a rare lung condition is being kept alive by a unlikely ‘miracle’ drug – Viagra.

Natalie Archibald was taken to hospital on Christmas day, 2006, after she collapsed whilst opening her presents.

Doctors assumed Natalie had collapsed from over-excitement but were puzzled when it began happening on regular basis.

natalie archibald and her mother janis Viagra Saves Young Girls Life

Natalie’s mother Janis, from Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, was forced to give up her job as legal secretary so she could look after Natalie fulltime.

“It was so frustrating because I knew there was something wrong with my wee girl but no-one could find out what it was.”

After several more tests, Natalie was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension – a progressive disorder that causes abnormally high blood pressure.

“It got to the stage where we had almost given up trying to find out, until a doctor new to us went back into her records and carried out some more tests and diagnosed her…
“Within two weeks we were down to Great Ormond Street and the drugs had started, but it was a long fight to get there.”

Doctors at the famous children’s hospital began prescribing her Viagra, a drug better known for treating male impotence.

Viagra works by counteracting Natalie’s high blood pressure by opening the arteries and improving blood flow.

Although her condition remains potentially fatal, Natalie, who now takes four doses of Viagra a day, no longer experiences random fainting experiences. Mother Janis said:

“I’ve never seen her so happy. She can run, jump, skip, all the things her friends do. We have a wheelchair for her if she gets exhausted, but we’ve never had to use it, and I hope she grows out of it before we need to.”

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