Ulrika Jonsson pays tribute to daughter Bo  – who has a congenital heart defect – on 2st birthday 


Ulrika Jonsson has paid tribute to her daughter Bo on her 21st birthday, admitting she didn’t know she ‘would live’.

The TV presenter, 54, shared several snaps of Bo, who was born with a congenital heart defect, taken throughout the years.

In a heartfelt message, Ulrika said she was told by doctors they ‘hoped’ Bo would live to be a teenager. 

Family: Ulrika Jonsson has paid tribute to her daughter Bo on her 21st birthday, admitting she didn't know she 'would live'

Family: Ulrika Jonsson has paid tribute to her daughter Bo on her 21st birthday, admitting she didn’t know she ‘would live’

She wrote: ‘Happy 21st, my darling, Bo Eva Coeur. Well, this was a day I never thought I’d see.

‘They said they hoped you’d live to be a teenager – but here you are in all your glory.

‘You found your vocation and you’re working so hard at Norland to become the very best @nannybojonsson there is.

‘You’re stubborn. You’re very nice. But like all Scorpios, you have a sting in the tail.

Memories: The TV presenter, 54, shared several snaps of Bo, who was born with a congenital heart defect, taken throughout the years

Memories: The TV presenter, 54, shared several snaps of Bo, who was born with a congenital heart defect, taken throughout the years

‘You’re determined and willful. You’re a loyal, fun friend. You have the best laugh. You’re also a bit stoopid at times. 

‘But you’re savvy and sassy; an emotional mess; energetic, needy, dramatic, obsessive and sensible: all in one day.

‘Happy Birthday, my four-seasons-in-one-day child. Happy birthday, my daughter I didn’t know would live. Happy Birthday to my ugly duckling who actually turned into a beautiful swan.’

Bo has been in and out of hospital over the years as a result of her condition – she was born with double inlet left ventricle defect, a congenital defect that affects the valves and chambers of the heart.

As a baby, she had to undergo life-saving surgery on her heart.

Health: In a heartfelt message, Ulrika said she was told by doctors they 'hoped' Bo would live to be a teenager

Health: In a heartfelt message, Ulrika said she was told by doctors they ‘hoped’ Bo would live to be a teenager

Ulrika wrote: 'Happy 21st, my darling, Bo Eva Coeur. Well, this was a day I never thought I'd see'

She added: 'They said they hoped you'd live to be a teenager - but here you are in all your glory'

Ulrika wrote: ‘Happy 21st, my darling, Bo Eva Coeur. Well, this was a day I never thought I’d see’

Ulrika wrote: 'You're stubborn. You're very nice. But like all Scorpios, you have a sting in the tail' (Bo pictured with Joe Sugg)

Ulrika wrote: ‘You’re stubborn. You’re very nice. But like all Scorpios, you have a sting in the tail’ (Bo pictured with Joe Sugg) 

Ulrika has previously spoken about Bo’s health condition and was delighted when they were reunited in December, weeks after Bo was admitted to A&E with medical issues.

Sharing a family picture, a smiling Ulrika posed a picture with Bo, who was casually flipping the bird in her pyjamas in the background.

Ulrika wrote: ‘She’s back home, full of the joys of spring.’

The doting mother-of-four revealed her heartache in November when Bo was hospitalised and she was unable to visit her amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ulrika is also mother to Cameron, 25, Martha, 14 and Malcolm, 11.

Health scares: Bo has been in and out of hospital over the years as a result of her condition

Health scares: Bo has been in and out of hospital over the years as a result of her condition

Condition: She was born with double inlet left ventricle defect, a congenital defect that affects the valves and chambers of the heart

Condition: She was born with double inlet left ventricle defect, a congenital defect that affects the valves and chambers of the heart

Surgery: As a baby, she had to undergo life-saving surgery on her heart

Surgery: As a baby, she had to undergo life-saving surgery on her heart

While Ulrika didn’t specify what was wrong with her daughter at the time, in September Ulrika admitted Bo was ‘terrified’ before Britain went into lockdown and was taking risks by going to university.

The TV star’s daughter has a compromised immune system and began her second year of university amid the pandemic.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Ulrika said: ‘At the beginning of Lockdown, Bo was terrified and went into lockdown a week before the nation went into lockdown.

‘As time went by I became increasingly concerned about her mental health because she was basically locked up in her room.

Ulrika wrote: 'Happy Birthday, my four-seasons-in-one-day child. Happy birthday, my daughter I didn't know would live. Happy Birthday to my ugly duckling who actually turned into a beautiful swan'

Ulrika wrote: ‘Happy Birthday, my four-seasons-in-one-day child. Happy birthday, my daughter I didn’t know would live. Happy Birthday to my ugly duckling who actually turned into a beautiful swan’

‘She had contact with her friends on FaceTime but that social thing they thrive on became a concern for me.’

She said: ‘After three months, she decided when she was allowed, to bubble with another family and her present situation is that the college is doing a mix of lectures and virtual.

‘She also does a lot of placements and those are constantly under review. I think Bo’s approach now is, strangely, a lot more relaxed than she was initially. 

‘She feels like she’s had a taste of normal life and is having to take some risks.’

Heartbreaking: The doting mother-of-four revealed her heartache in November when Bo was hospitalised and she was unable to visit her amid the coronavirus pandemic

Heartbreaking: The doting mother-of-four revealed her heartache in November when Bo was hospitalised and she was unable to visit her amid the coronavirus pandemic

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