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A parent has described comments by a medical expert over children's heart surgery in Leeds as 'brave'.
Ivan Hollingsworth was responding to remarks made by Professor Sir Roger Boyle, a former Government advisor.
The professor said he wouldn't send his own daughter for heart surgery in Leeds but would choose Newcastle instead.
Operations at the Leeds unit were recently suspended but resumed this week.
Ivan Hollingsworth, a campaigner for the Newcastle unit, welcomed the professor's intervention.
NHS England has released a statement saying 'immediate safety concerns' at the Leeds Children's Heart Surgery Unit have been addressed.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has defended the re-opening of a children's heart unit after Sir Roger Boyle the Department of Health's former National Director for Heart Disease said he would not send his daughter to the unit.
A spokesperson for the Leeds teaching hospitals NHS Trust said:
"On Monday we announced that we were reopening the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.
"All partners were fully in agreement that this was the correct course of action to take and surgery has now resumed.
"This was publicly reconfirmed at a meeting of councillors held in Leeds on Wednesday when the deputy medical director of NHS England reaffirmed the view that all the child heart surgery units in England, including Leeds, are safe to undertake surgery."
Local MPs in Leeds have called for Sir Roger Boyle to leave his role on the children's heart surgery review:
Sharon Cheng, of Save Our Surgery (SOS), which campaigned for surgery to be resumed at Leeds, said:
The Government's former heart disease research chief has said he would not send his own daughter for treatment at Leeds General Infirmary's child cardiac unit, despite it being reopened earlier this week.
Professor Sir Roger Boyle, director of the National Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research, which oversees NHS mortality data, told the BBC that care at the centre was "on the edge of acceptability."
Surgery at the hospital was suspended at the end of last month after NHS England said it had "serious concerns" that data showed the unit had a death rate double that of other centres. It resumed again on Wednesday. He told the BBC:
Latest ITV News reports
Local NHS chief has written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging him to extend the deadline on children's heart surgery unit report.