Model Madeline Stuart has undergone emergency open heart surgery after going into heart failure. 

The 22-year-old, who found found fame as the first international model with Down Syndrome, was rushed to hospital on sunday after battling heart problems

“So today we checked into hospital, unfortunately I have gone into heart failure and my heart has enlarged to a point where if they do not operate it will not be able to be fixed,” Madeline Stuart captioned a photo of her in hospital. 

“Tomorrow morning I will have open heart surgery to hopefully repair my Mitral valve that has reached a 4 out of 4 defect.”

The following day, the 22-year-old model underwent the lifesaving surgery, which took eight hours.

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“So happy to share that Maddy is 17hrs post op, she is off the ventilator, very uncomfortable but doing ok, hoping all goes well today and they will remove some of her many tubes and leads,” Madeline’s mum Rosanne wrote on Instagram.

“A lemonade ice block for breakfast wasn’t quite enough to make us happy but the worst is over. Thank you for all your beautiful messages of love and support,” she added.

In February, the 22-year-old opened up about her previous heart problems, but maintained that she’s the healthiest she has ever felt in years. 

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At just eight weeks old, the model had to undergo open-heart surgery and was given just a 13 percent chance of survival.

We wish Madeline a speedy recovery, and can’t wait to see her back on the catwalk! 

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