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Family's fear over heart unit closure

The family of a 6-year-old girl who is need of a heart and lung transplant say they are very scared about the closure of the Children's Heart Surgery Unit in Leeds.

Nikita Healey

Nikita Healey is going to require long term care to manage her condition and her mother has told Calendar she is not sure she can cope with the only unit in Yorkshire closing.

For treatment in the future Nikita will have to travel several hours from her home in Huddersfield to Newcastle.

Heart unit's future to be decided

In less than 24 hours' time the future of the region's only dedicated children's heart unit will be decided.

After 18 months of uncertainty, campaigners fighting to keep the unit open at Leeds General Infirmary will find out if their efforts have paid off.

Health bosses want to cut the number of specialist centres across the country - and tomorrow they are due to announce which have survived and which will go. Lisa Adlam has more.

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