Teenager makes swift recovery to win shield

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A keen teenage golfer has won a competition at his local club less than 12 weeks after 
undergoing open heart 

James Cooper, 13, of Sudbury, won the Junior Shield at Newton Green Golf Club at the weekend with 40 Stableford points, five ahead of his friend Harvey Watts in second place.

During a two-and-a-half hour operation at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital at the start of August, Cooper had a membrane removed from the aorta.

He spent a week in hospital and had to have a chest drain put in to drain fluid five days after the initial operation.

“It was a long week in hospital but everyone there looked after me,” he said. “I am just so glad to be back playing golf and was really pleased to win the shield.”

Cooper has impressed his doctors with his recovery and is not due a check-up until April.

He was also able to join his friends at Ormiston Sudbury Academy for the first day of the new term last month.

His mother Nicki Dixon said: “James loves his golf and his tennis and was very keen to get back and I think this speeded up his recovery. I would just like to thank everyone at Evelina for looking after him.”