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Heart transplant girl going home
Zoe Chambers with parents Julie and Rob

The parents of a girl who topped the European transplant list for a donor heart said they were excited but nervous their daughter was going home.

Zoe Chambers, who is 19 months old, has been recovering in Newcastle's Freeman Hospital since her transplant in June.

The toddler, from Hull, was born with narrow heart valves and suffered six cardiac arrests.

Her mother Julie, 33, and father Rob said they were glad the whole family could be together again.

'Really well'

Mrs Chambers said: "I am nervous but excited that we are finally going home.

"She is really well five weeks post-transplant and we are really pleased. I'm just going to sort out things when I get home because we need to get her into a routine again.

Zoe Chambers
Zoe was born with a heart valve which was too narrow

"Our family are all keen to see her but we still have to be wary about who we let get near her.

"They're all really pleased that we are going home finally."

Zoe was kept alive with an artificial heart, and doctors warned she had only weeks to live before the donor was found for her.

She had the 10-hour operation at the end of June and she has astonished doctors with her recovery.

It has not been revealed where the donor heart came from, but before the transplant hospital officials said Zoe's case was so serious that if a suitable organ was found anywhere in Europe it would be flown to Newcastle by private jet.

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