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  Abbey gets life-saving heart transplant
Updated 29 April 2002, 17.51
Abbey Cape
A nine-year-old girl is recovering in hospital after having a desperately-needed heart transplant.

Abbey Cape, from Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire had the operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

She'd been on a life-support machine since 13 April.

Plea for donors

Abbey Cape with a friend
She developed a serious heart infection more than a month ago, and her parents pleaded for a donor to come forward.

A donor was finally found and Abbey had the transplant a few days ago.

Abbey's school pals have rallied around her, and have made tapes of themselves singing and telling stories, to play to her in hospital.

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