Toddler prepares for Christmas his parents 'never thought' he would see after heart transplant

ITV

Elliott Livingstone meets Father Christmas for the first time. Credit: PA
A toddler who had a life-saving heart transplant is preparing for a Christmas his parents "never thought" he would get to see.

Elliott Livingstone, aged three, spent most of his life in hospital before the operation in April.

Now he has met Father Christmas for the first time after the operation was a success.

On Elliott's Facebook page - which is run by his family - a post said: "Thanks to an organ donor, I got to meet Santa today.

"One thing our transplant journey has taught me, it's to embrace an opportunity whenever it arrives.

"We never thought we would get this chance. Organ donation has allowed us an extra Christmas, potentially Elliott's first Christmas at home. For this we will always be grateful."

Elliott used a mechanical "Berlin Heart" device for more than a year - longer than any other child patient in the UK - before his operation. Continue reading
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