BRAVE toddler Rosanna Ogden overcame a life-threatening heart tumour — by learning to swim.
Rosanna was just six weeks old when she had open heart surgery.
Doctors suggested swimming could help her recover — and she has not looked back.
She could swim in a pool before she could walk.
Next month the two-year-old will be the youngest person to take part in a charity swim for the British Heart Foundation.
"Little Mermaid" Rosanna was diagnosed with rhabdomyoma — a benign heart tumour so rare there have only been three similar cases in the UK in the last decade. Parents Mick and Sanam were told she might not survive the eight-hour operation.
Mum Sanam, 26, said: "It was terrifying. Without the surgery she couldn't have lived.
"One of us was allowed in theatre to kiss her. Mick was too upset, so I did it. They had to wrestle me out again though."
Back stroke ... mum Sanam gives Rosanna a ride