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Heart Unit latest: Timeline of key events

Campaigners fight to keep the unit open Photo: Calendar

17th June 2010 - Parents of children who have undergone surgery round-up support for the Leeds Heart Unit, following a review of services across the country.

16th February 2011 - More details are released about the potential closure of the site. It is revealed operations would stop and young patients would have to travel hundreds of miles for operations.

A ward at the LGI Credit: Calendar

28th February 2011 - A campaign is launched to save the heart surgery. More details about that campaign and their work here.

9th March 2011 - 18 thousand people have already added their support to save the unit. Health professionals tell government experts how - if the site closes - desperately ill young patients would have to travel hundreds of miles for operations.

15th March 2011 - The campaign to save the unit gathered pace with a public meeting in Sheffield to find out the strength of feeling there.

30th March 2011 - David Cameron is called upon to help. The issue of closing the Leeds Heart Unit is raised during Prime Minister's questions.

30th April 2011 - At this stage, more than a quarter of a million people signed a petition against the closure of the unit.

Surgeons carrying out an operation Credit: Calendar

17th May 2011 - ITV Calendar was given access to the heart unit to see the work they do. Our cameras filmed a life saving operation on one young patient.

21st June 2011 - Campaigners make the trip to Downing Street to speak with ministers there about the closure. They put their case across to keep surgery in Leeds.

23rd June 2011 - Just days later, a backbench debate on the potential closure took place.29th June 2011 - Campaigners have written to health ministers asking them to re-think the plans, claiming lives would be put at risk if the unit closes.

26th July 2011 - LGI hits back at claims some of the operations carried out at the heart unit may not be safe. A charity asked a healthcare watchdog for 'reassurances' over what it claims are fears about high death rates linked to surgery.

22nd September 2011 - Half a million people have now added their name to a petition to keep the site open. A debate on the issue was held in Leeds.

11th October 2011 - An influential committee says children and families will be "disproportionately disadvantaged" if the Leeds heart unit is closed down.

Campaigners in London speak to our reporter Ben Erlam Credit: Calendar

2nd November 2011 - Families meet with the Health Minister in London to put their point across, calling the site to stay open.

23rd January 2012 - We were told to expect the announcement at Christmas, it has now been put back until Easter.

19th April 2012 - The consultation process was given the all clear by the High Court in London. It was a blow to campaigners who want to keep the unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

4th July 2012 - Decision is made to end Children's heart surgery at LGI.

23rd July 2012 - Campaigners take to streets to fight decision.

Doctors carrying out an operation Credit: PA

23rd October 2012 - Health Secretary orders review.

8th February 2013 - Decision moves to the high court.

7th March 2013 - Campaigners have won a High Court challenge over proposed changes to children's heart surgery services in England.

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