Summer’s up for an award

Summer Carss who has had two heart transplants, with her mum Julie.
Summer Carss who has had two heart transplants, with her mum Julie.

A little girl who has defied all the odds after having two heart transplants before the age of three has been nominated for a Best of Northumberland Award.

Summer Carss, from Shilbottle, has been described as an inspiration and a little fighter who never gives up.

Organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the Northumberland Gazette, Morpeth Herald and News Post Leader in conjunction with Tweeddale Press’s Berwick Advertiser, the awards highlight unsung heroes.

And Summer is definitely one of those.

Having already had one heart transplant and an agonising wait beforehand, last September, her parents, Paul and Julie found out that the donor organ was failing.

The family then faced another wait for a donor.

Finally, last December, Summer had her second transplant, aged three.

And despite going through four cardiac arrests, four strokes, a total of 11 months attached to a Berlin heart (a life-support machine) and 16 months of her short life stuck in hospital, she is still smiling.

And now Summer is getting ready to start school in September already on a par with her peers despite what she has been through.

Nominating her for the Child of Courage award, mum Julie said: “Everyone who meets Summer is astounded by her courage and bravery and can’t believe what she has been through.

“She is a true inspiration. Her fight for life and determination to live means summer has a real zest for life and she enjoys her life to the full. She never stops smiling and laughing.

“Even the medics are surprised at how well she has recovered, as they have never had to re-transplant a child so young.

“In Summer’s three years, she has had three hearts. She is an amazing little girl and I am so proud to call her my daughter.”

There are ten categories in which you can nominate someone to win a Best of Northumberland Award.

For more details, see the form below.