Surrey care home resident born with rare heart condition celebrates milestone birthday

A resident at a Surrey County Council care home whose family was told she wouldn’t reach her first birthday has celebrated turning 50.

Sam Matthews was born with a complex congenital heart condition and endured numerous hospital admissions including some in the past year. Sam lives at Rodney House, a residential home in Walton-on-Thames for people with learning disabilities, which supports her to live as independently as her needs allow by focusing on her strengths.

To mark her 50th birthday, Sam enjoyed a small socially-distanced party with her closest family and said: “I love living at Rodney House and turning 50 was brilliant! I got lots of lovely presents and I enjoyed my party with my housemates and family.”

Hannah Kitchener, Registered Manager at Rodney House has watched Sam develop during her time at Rodney House and explains: “Sam continues to face her challenges with stoicism and a smile on her face. We are so proud of how independent she continues to be concerning decisions around her care and support, and her ongoing zest for life.”

The Matthews Family added “As a family, we are very proud of Sam and all she has achieved. Against all odds, our little superstar has reached the grand age of 50!”

Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: “I wish Sam many happy returns on her special day and thank the staff at Rodney House for making her birthday one to remember, even during these challenging times.”


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