Whitehaven girl urgently needs heart transplant

Katelyn McAleavy Credit: ITV News Border

The family of an eight year old girl from Whitehaven are asking people to sign up to the organ donor register as she desperately needs a heart transplant.

Katelyn McAleavy was born with a heart defect which required her to have the first of three major operations when she was just five days old.

Her family were told in November that the condition of her heart had deteriorated rapidly and a heart transplant was the only option they have left.

Katelyn has been on the donor list since November and her family worry her time will run out before she can have the operation.

Speaking to ITV Border today the One Direction fan said she hoped that she would get a new heart so she could be a nurse.

Her family say their lives are on hold as the call from the hospital to say their is a donor organ waiting could happen at any time.

Her mother Amy says she understands that people may not want to think about what will happen to them when they die but one person could save the lives of eight people on a transplant list: