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Heart Heroes

Below are just a handful of our wonderful and inspirational Heart Heroes, please click on the boxes below to learn more about each of them.   

Kaylee Ann Davidson-Olley

Kaylee became the first surviving baby in the UK to have a Heart Transplant in 1987 at The Freeman Hospital at only months old. 30 years on she is the longest surviving baby in the UK to receive a heart transplant and second in the world.

Chanel Murrish

Chanel is 3 years old and is the oldest ever living person born in the UK with a condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome with an Intact Atrial Septum.

Chloe Beaney

Chloe was first diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at the age of 12, presumed to have been caused by chemotherapy she had aged 2.

Chloe Brown

Chloe was just 6 months old when she went into heart failure after a virus attacked her heart.

Elodie Gray

Elodie was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy at 3 Months old. She was placed in an induced coma for 3 Months at her local hospital in Bristol before being air lifted to Freeman Hospital in May 2014.

Lily Mooney

Lily was born with a chamber missing in her heart, and would need a series of heart operations before the age of 3 years old. As soon as she was born in 2006 she was taken straight to the heart unit at the Freeman.

Linzi Saunders

At 2 year's old, Linzi suffered from leukaemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. Thanks to her older brother James, she was able to make a full recovery after receiving his bone marrow donation, but by the age of 8 she was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy and needed a heart transplant.

Louisa McGregor-Smith

Louisa received a heart transplant aged just 5 months old on 23rd December 2007, she previously suffered 2 strokes in November 2007 whilst awaiting a transplant.

Luna Petrucci

Luna was born with 2 congenital heart defects in separate chambers of her tiny heart and underwent open heart surgery 5 days before her 2nd birthday.

Martha Andersen

Martha received a Heart transplant in March 2007 aged just 16 months old.
Following various complications with her lungs post-transplant she finally came home attached to a ventilator in August 2007.

Sophia Mulvaney

Sophia was born in December 2013 following a normal uncomplicated pregnancy but by the next day it was apparent that she was unwell.

Harry Kennedy

Harry is 10 years old and was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at 5 weeks old.

Ava Jones

Ava was a very fit and happy girl playing football and doing gymnastics until mid-October 2016 when she felt unwell and complained of a sore tummy. Her parents took her to her GP who referred her to The RVI.

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