Little girl waits for another new heart

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A little girl who has just celebrated the first anniversary of her heart transplant is back in hospital.

Summer Carss, from Shilbottle, had a transplant on September 2, 2012.

Last month, the two-year-old was featured in the Gazette, living life like a normal child her age.

But now she is back at the Freeman Hospital waiting for another donor.

Summer was moved from intensive care to the high-dependency unit this week and is on an artificial heart while she waits.

Mum Julie and dad Paul are at hospital with the youngster round-the-clock until a donor heart is available.

Julie said: “She is doing really well and is quite stable on the VAD (Berlin heart).

“We have just gone back in to the usual hospital routine. It’s just a waiting game for another donor.”

Summer was born with a condition affecting the valve on the left side of her heart.

At the end of 2011, complications from a chest infection led to a cardiac arrest. She was also fitted with a Berlin heart while waiting for her first transplant.

Her great uncle, John Hillan, ran the Great North Run for her this month.