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Heart girl Chloe - 'new heart is best Christmas gift'

Chloe Beaney, the 14-year-old girl who was given a new heart just over a fortnight ago, has given her first broadcast interview since she underwent the surgery.

Chloe, from Northumberland, was at the top of the transplant list before a donor heart was made available and she had the operation at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital at the end of November.

Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees, as she continues her recovery in hospital, Chloe expressed her gratitude to the donor whose decision to sign up to the donor register has saved the 14 year old's life.

Watch Ruth Holliday's full report here:


Ethnic minority donors desperately needed

People from ethnic minorities are needed to sign the donor register. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

There is a desperate need for more people from ethnic minorities to sign the donor register.

Organ transplants are more likely to be successful if they are a close match.

But fewer than one per cent of people on the donor register are black and there are similar shortages in the Asian community.

It means more than one in four people die waiting for an organ. Asif Hasan, a surgeon at the Freeman Hospital, spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees:

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