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It is not just the staff and immediate patients who are affected by today's decision.
There is almost a whole 'extended family' of adults and children bonded by their experiences of heart surgery.
Our reporter Jonny Blair met one fundraiser, Graham Wylie, who was following today's announcement closely:
The future of Children's Heart surgery on Tyneside is in limbo. The Health Secretary has suspended a controversial review, which threatened to close three children's heart surgery units and expand services at The Freeman Hospital.
Jeremy Hunt says the review was based on flawed analysis.
Gregg Easteal reports:
The president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Dr Hilary Cass, says the need for reconfiguration has never been more urgent - and as today's IRP report states and the Health Secretary reiterated, the status quo is not an option.
NHS England clinical director for children and young people, says there is a "compelling case for change".
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's The World At One, Dr Jacqueline Cornish said:
There has been a dramatic turn in the decision over where Children's Heart Servcies should be.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has suspended a review which threatened to close three children's heart surgery units - including one in Leeds. He says the review was based on flawed analysis.
It had been previously announced that Newcastle's Freeman Hospital would become a centre of excellence for children's heart services.
Gregg Easteal was live at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital this lunchtime:
Campaigners demanding that their local children's heart surgery hospitals in England remain open won a partial victory today as the Health Secretary suspended a controversial review.
Jeremy Hunt admitted the initial decision to close units in Leeds, London and Leicester was based on faulty data.
But he said the review would be revisited and that some services would still have to shut.
ITV News reporter Martha Fairlie explains more:
NHS England welcomed Jeremy Hunt's decision to suspend planned closures of three children's heart surgery units and promised to lead plans to rethink how care can be improved.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director for NHS England said:
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was clear the clinical case for changes to how children's heart surgery units are run remains, despite today's suspension of plans to close three units.
Speaking to the House of Commons, Mr Hunt said the independent review he instigated, following complaints from units where closure was recommended, still stressed the "case for change."