Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Fund-raising ball to celebrate
heart transplant milestone

From the Sunderland Echo in the UK: HEART transplant success Kaylee Davidson will be 21 next month – and there will be a big fund-raising party to celebrate the milestone.

The Northern Transplant Charity Ball will be held on Saturday, April 26, – two days before her birthday.

Kaylee became an inspiration for all transplant patients when she made medical history at the age of five months by becoming Britain's youngest successful heart transplant baby.

Now one of the longest-surviving heart transplant babies in the world, she has represented the UK at the World Transplant Games.

Kaylee's mum Carol, of Biddick Woods, Houghton, said: "She's really looking forward to the day and plans to celebrate with friends, as well as attending the charity ball."

In October, Newcastle's Freeman Hospital marked the 20th anniversary of Kaylee's transplant, when she got the chance to speak via a video link with her surgeon, Christopher McGregor, who is now based at the Mayo Clinic in the United States.

The heart transplant programme was started at the Freeman Hospital in 1985 by Mr McGregor and since then there have been many well-publicised milestones and innovations.

It was at the Freeman that the first successful single lung transplant in Europe was carried out, and this was followed by many other pioneering operations, including heart and lung, double lung, and live lung transplants. Read the full article.

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