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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Eloise had open heart surgery when she was just 15 months and she’s still going strong

ABERDEEN JOURNAL | Francesca Marshall
A north-east schoolgirl who had a heart transplant when she was just 15 months old is aiming to get families talking about organ donation.

Eloise Lowrie wants to raise awareness of the need for young organ donors, and encourage families to consider it if the worst was to happen.

The 10-year-old, from Rothienorman, had lifesaving surgery when she was just one after being born with a condition that meant the left side of her heart was not working.

She had her first surgery when she was 24 hours old and a second at seven months, with a third planned for before her fifth birthday.

But a blood clot meant doctors had to reconsider their options, and after a seven-week wait on the organ donor list she had a heart transplant at just 15 months.

It has allowed Eloise to lead a normal life, and last week she brought home two bronze models for tennis and swimming at the British Transplant Games.

Yesterday, her mother Sarah said it was a miracle considering the complications her daughter has overcome. Continue reading
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