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Children's heart surgery goes on

Campaigners outside the centre in Southampton Photo: ITV Meridian

The future of children's heart services in Southampton has been confirmed. A report recommended there should be fewer, larger centres across the country. Southampton had a one in four chance of continuing surgery but will continue. Operations at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital have already stopped.

Patients have been campaigning for the last 18 months to keep the centre open. Despite being under threat, it's the second best in the country for patient care and recovery.

Last year, ten year old Aaron Prior confronted the Health Secretary over the unit that saved his life.

Andrew Lansley was opening a £9 million respiratory unit at Southampton General Hospital. When he arrived, he was confronted by dozens of parents and children protesting against plans to stop surgery at the hospital.

If it closed, families would have had to travel as far as London Birmingham or Bristol for treatment.

Aaron has been speaking of why he's fighting to keep the unit that saved his life open.

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