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Heart transplant recipient makes social distancing plea to public

Kaylee Davidson-Olley, right, with her mother Carol

A Wearside woman, who was the UK’s first successful heart transplant baby, is pleading with the public to listen to social distancing advice and help stem the spread of coronavirus.

Kaylee Davidson-Olley, now 32, has been told she is in the highest risk category for Covid-19.

In 1987 she became the first baby in Europe to successfully receive a heart transplant and has since made it her mission to raise awareness of organ donation.

On Sunday, the Government took the extraordinary measure to issue guidance to shield extremely vulnerable people by minimising interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others.

Kaylee had the transplant as a baby

Yesterday, I received the devastating news that I am in the highest risk category for coronavirus.

It is just terrifying to contemplate the fact that my life and the lives of my beloved transplant community are in serious danger, due to the selfish actions of others who don’t seem to care.

You may think this is a small event, a flu like virus that will just disappear, but for us it is life threatening.

I am making a plea to each and every one of you to stay at home to protect me and everyone else in our UK community who has a transplant, cancer patients or suffers from any other underlying health condition."

– Kaylee Davidson-Olley

Kaylee and her mother Carol have been speaking to ITV Tyne Tees to try to spread the message about the importance of social distancing.