Dublin Herald | Claire Murphy
THIS Dublin girl survived on an artificial heart machine in a London children's hospital before receiving a vital heart transplant.
Three-year-old Holly Keogh spent every hour of every day attached to the Berlin Heart machine at Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh).
Her world was limited to eight feet of tubes and wires connecting her to the miracle machine.
When Holly was just 10 months she was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. For the first two years after diagnosis, Holly undertook regular hospital visits, but otherwise was a healthy and happy little girl.
Her family were told that one day she would need a heart transplant, but they believed it was a long way down the road.
However, just over a year ago, she suddenly became gravely ill and was flown to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital with end-stage heart failure.
"A week after being admitted, Holly took very bad and was rushed to ICU; our little girl was dying and the only thing now that was going to save her was a heart transplant," her dad, Alan Keogh, said.
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