After a life-saving heart transplant little Roman is looking forward to his first Christmas with his twin

MIRROR | Emily Retter

Hunter, left, and Roman Pickering get ready to celebrate Christmas (Photo: Andy Commins / Daily Mirror)
Last Christmas Day , Zoe Pickering was not allowed to hold her baby. All she could do was sit by her son’s hospital bedside – and convince the nurses to allow her to give him a cuddly Father Christmas .

She hoped the toy would offer her little one some comfort as he fought for his life. The toy’s arms had to give the warmth and love she could not.

This was baby Roman’s first Christmas, but 18 days beforehand, aged just 10 months, the tiny tot had received a heart transplant – the only solution to life-threatening complications he’d been born with.

His body was struggling to accept the new organ, donated by an older child, and Zoe and partner Craig Williams were told every 24-hour period was critical.

To add to their pain, they had no choice but to say goodbye to Roman’s healthy twin brother, Hunter, and send him to spend Christmas with family. Continue reading
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