A year on, heart-op tot has a new lease of life

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A year ago, little Summer Carss was lying seriously ill in a hospital bed.

Her parents, Paul and Julie, of Farne Road, Shilbottle, had faced an agonising wait for a donor heart to save their little girl’s life.

Summer Carss.

Summer Carss.

Then, in September last year, it happened and she received a new heart at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital

Now, Summer, who could only sit up by herself last year, can walk, talk, dance and play like any other almost-three-year-old.

“We just can’t believe it, she is amazing,” said Julie.

“And the Freeman is an amazing place.

“They gave her two machines that helped save her life.

“This time last year, she had restricted movement, there was no crawling. Now she is giving us a run for our money.”

On September 2, 2012, more than six months after she was put on the waiting list, Summer’s family learned that a heart was available and she had the five-hour transplant operation the same day.

Summer, who will be three in November, had to take anti-rejection drugs as her body was at risk of rejecting the organ but since then she has gone from strength to strength.

“Staff at the Freeman can’t believe how well she is,” Julie added. “She’s just brilliant.”