Corrie couple Samia Ghadie and Will Thorp join WAGs to celebrate brave Kirsty Howard's 17th birthday
00:00 GMT, 21 September 2012
When she was four-years-old, Kirsty Howard was given only weeks to live after she was born with her heart back to front.
However, fortunately the brave charity fundraiser has defied the odds as she celebrated her 17th birthday.
The student marked her special day with a host of stars on Thursday night, including Coronation Street couple Samia Ghadie and Will Thorp.
Night out: Coronation Street star Samia Ghade and boyfriend Will Thorp arrive at Kirsty Howard's 17th birthday party at Gusto in Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Pretty in pink: Birthday girl Kirsty Howard arrives in a pink dress for her big night out
Samia, who plays Maria Connor in the soap, and her boyfriend Will, who played her on-screen lover Chris Gray until last year, were just some of the guests who attended the bash at Gusto restaurant in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
Mother-of-one Samia, 30, looked smart in a blue lace dress, while her muscular boyfriend showed off his physique in a fitted T-shirt and jeans.
Ahead of he party, she tweeted: 'Happy 17th birthday to the truly
beautiful Kirsty Howard.. Can't wait to celebrate with u later
@thekirstyclub !!! Love you lots Xx.'
Here come the WAGS: Michael Carrick's wife Lisa (left) and Emile Heskey's fiance Chantelle Tagoe (right) both attended
Also in attendance was Ireland and Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland and his fiance Jessica Lawlor, former Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey and his fiance Chantelle Tagoe and Lisa Carrick, wife of Manchester United midfielder Michael.
As well as Kirsty's birthday, the event was also a fundraiser for her charity The Kirsty Club, which raises money for the Francis House Children's Hospice, where she has received care over the years.
The Angels Rocks night included a champagne reception, DJ and fashion show.
A bit of all white: Aston Villa footballer Stephen Ireland and his fiance Jessica Lawlor
Beating the odds: Seven-year-old Kirsty with David Beckham in 2003
Kirsty was born with an incredibly rare condition – a form of situs ambiguus – with her heart back to front, causing the misplacement of her internal organs.
Her condition in inoperable and means she needs a constant oxygen supply.
In Februry 1999, when she was just four, doctors gave her six weeks to live, but she amazingly defied the odds.
As well as continuing to raise millions of pounds for Francis House, this year, she went on to receive 12 GCSEs.
Former England football star David Beckham was befriended by the youngster when she led out the England team at Old Trafford in 2001, for a World Cup qualifier against Greece in which her hero scored the winning goal.
A year later, she met Beckham again as she handed over the Golden Jubilee baton to the Queen at the opening ceremony for the Manchester Commonwealth Games.
She has also spent time with David and Samantha Cameron, as well as former prime minister and his wife Tony and Cherie Blair.
In 2004 she won the Helen Rollason Award for courage at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.
Date night: Samia and Will have been dating since last January – a few weeks after she split from ex-husband Matthew Smith
Doing his bit: Former Aston Villa footballer Emile attended with his WAG Chantelle