Europe

Girl, 12, battling heart condition home in time for Christmas after transplant

A 12-year-old girl battling a life-threatening heart condition has received the ‘best present’ ever.

After a successful transplant, she is able to go back to her family just in time for Christmas.

Tanesha Ives, from Barnsley, was born with complete atrioventricular septal defect, a condition that created holes between the right and left sides of her heart.

She needed major surgery when she was five weeks old and had a permanent pacemaker fitted at 18 months.

When surgeons at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital decided to perform a risky heart transplant in October, Tanesha resigned herself to spending the festive period confined to her bed 100 miles from home.

But now, after recovering from surgery, she can’t wait to spend Christmas at home with her mum Amanda Bell, 47, and six-year-old sister Ashante.

She said: ‘It was great to go home for Christmas and be a normal kid.’

In 2015, she had a major health scare when she stopped breathing in her sleep. Her mother said: ‘I shook her and started screaming her name and she started to fit. Then I grabbed her and rushed her to the hospital.’


By the end of 2019, Tanesha’s health deteriorated again. Surgeons found her heart was failing and fast-tracked her for a transplant, with a donor found on October 25 this year and the operation taking place that day.

Amanda said her daughter was aware of the risks and, as she was taken to the operating theatre, screamed: ‘I don’t want to go to sleep again mummy. Stop them. Help me.’

But it was a huge relief when doctors finally gave her the all-clear to head home for the holidays.

Amanda added: ‘We are grateful to the donor and we think about them every day. This wouldn’t have happened without their family. It’s just such a big relief to have her home for Christmas.’

The family have a GoFundMe page to try to recover the travel costs during Tanesha’s lengthy hospital stay.

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected]

For more stories like this, check our news page.

Source: Read Full Article