A two-year-old girl and her family have more reasons than most to look forward to 2013, after spending most of this year waiting in hospital for a heart transplant.
Summer Carss from Shilbottle in Northumberland has been enjoying her first proper festive period, after being rushed to hospital last Christmas.
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