Lauren Channon has had 119 surgeries by the age of 9.
Lauren Channon has had 119 surgeries by the age of 9. JUSTIN KENNEDY

The 9-year-old who has faced 119 operations

BY any standards bubbly nine-year-old Lauren Channon is a walking miracle.

In the short time she has been on this earth, Lauren has had to endure a staggering 119 operations.

Lauren was born with a genetic malformity where her oesophagus wasn't connected and has been fighting a battle to live ever since.

The sparkle in her eyes is as bright as the good fairy from the Humpty Dumpty Foundation who watches over her day and night Lauren's inspiring tale of courage will be told on Saturday night when the Foundation's inaugural ball is held at Skycity casino to raise money for critical lifesaving equipment for the Territory's hospitals. Lauren's mum Sue has no doubts that her youngest daughter would not be alive without the foundation and people who generously donate money.

"There have been times when Lauren has wanted to give up because of the pain she has had to go through," Sue said.

"She has conquered her feelings of despair and hung in there."