ALREADY a week overdue, an expectant mother is refusing to sit back and relax as she continues to raise money for a charity close to her heart.
Angela Carroll, who is 37 weeks pregnant, found out after a routine scan that her baby has a hole in its heart and within its first year, the baby will need open heart surgery.
But after initially worrying and digesting the mass of information on congenital heart disease, the 32-year-old who grew up in Perivale decided she would help raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
Friends and family rallied round the heavily pregnant mother-of-one and her partner, Ted Stonebanks, and a total of £2,000 was raised at a charity waxing event held at the Drayton Court Pub in West Ealing.
Ms Carroll who has a two-year-old daughter, said it was a shock to learn her baby is poorly and never dreamt about terminating the pregnancy.
She said: "We just assume that everything will be fine but it was a real shock and it's hard to get used to the idea that everything is not as you expected.
"The baby will need to have open heart surgery within its first year and this is very scary but I've spoken to mums online whose children have had the operation and they are leading normal lives.
"We'll know more about our baby's condition once they're born and as I'm coming to the end of my pregnancy, we just want to stop worrying about the unknown and deal with what we do know.
"The fund-raising event was the first of many that we're hoping to organise and although it was very tiring for me, we have some great family and friends."
The couple said they did not want to find out the sex of the baby and wanted it to be a surprise following the shock news they received after the scan.
During the fund-raising event at the pub, their male friends had arms, legs and even eyebrows waxed.
To donate money to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/angela-carroll-flump2