Girl receives new heart

The family of an eight year old girl says it feels like she's been born all over again after a donor heart was found just as doctors feared time was running out.

Full report: Mother's joy after daughter receives new heart

This is the story of a mother whose prayers for a new heart for her 8-year-old daughter Katelyn were answered - just as doctors feared time was running out.

Six months ago, Amy Lamb from Whitehaven made a desperate television appeal for more people to say yes to organ donation.

On Sunday, August 11, the call they had been hoping for finally came through and today ITV News were invited in to see Katelyn, just three days after her life-saving surgery.

Gregg Easteal reports.

Mother's joy after daughter receives new heart

The family of an eight-year-old girl says it feels like she has been born all over again after a donor heart was found just as doctors feared time was running out.

Katelyn McAleavy from Whitehaven was rushed into the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle on Sunday after the call her parents had been waiting for. Surgeons say she is making fantastic progress, just three days after surgery.

Her mother Amy spoke to us from the children's heart unit a short time ago and told us she still can't believe it has happened after 10 agonising months hoping a new heart could be found for Katelyn.

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