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Transplant patient's organ appeal
Kaylee Davidson
The transplant was carried out when she was five months old
The UK's youngest successful heart transplant patient is raising awareness of the need for children's organs.

Kaylee Davidson, of Houghton-le-Spring, Wearside, was just five months old when she had the transplant in 1987 at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

The 18-year-old was meeting MPs at the House of Commons on Tuesday at the event organised by charity the Children's Heart Federation (CHF).

She was hoping to get the message across that children need organs too.

She said: "When you say 'heart transplant' most people think of adults, not a baby or a young child or a teenager .

"I would not be here today without the generosity of a parent allowing the gift of life."

CHF is urging the Department of Health to enforce formally paediatric heart care standards that were developed in 2003.

Chief executive Anne Keatley-Clarke said: "Parents needs information about the number of times a specialist centre performs the surgical procedure their child needs.

"At the moment those figures are not in the public domain. Without them, parents cannot make an informed choice about which centre their child should be treated in. These can be life and death decisions."


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