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Last Updated: Friday, 12 October 2007, 06:59 GMT 07:59 UK
Baby heart swap woman celebrates
Kaylee Davidson
Kaylee Davidson survived the operation 20 years ago
The UK's first baby heart transplant survivor is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her operation with the Tyneside surgeon who saved her life.

Kaylee Davidson, 20, was five months old when she survived the operation at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

She will use a video link at the hospital to talk to surgeon Christopher McGregor, who now works in the US.

The Freeman Hospital has become a world leader in transplant techniques since the ground-breaking operation in 1987.

Miss Davidson works for Marks and Spencer, and recently represented the UK in the World Transplant Games in Thailand.

She said: "I feel great and I have a normal and happy life.

Kaylee Davidson at birth
Kaylee Davidson underwent the operation in Newcastle

"I can't believe that I am now 20 years out from my transplant.

"I often think about my donor family and can't thank them enough for the second chance I was given to live."

Lynne Holt, who co-ordinated the transplant 20 years ago, said: "Kaylee has been an inspiration to us all.

"As our first baby transplant patient, she has spearheaded the success of the world-renowned Freeman Hospital Paediatric Transplant Programme.

"She is a fantastic example of life after transplantation, and is committed to encouraging people to talk about organ donation with their families and register on the Organ Donor Register."


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