Thank you, from Little Miss Sunshine(Filed: 17/04/2006)
A girl who made medical history when her heart transplant was reversed after 10 years paid tribute yesterday to the "very nice man" who saved her life.
Hannah Clark, who was two years old when she was given a donor organ to "piggyback" her own, spent a decade with two hearts in her chest after a procedure by the renowned heart specialist Prof Sir Magdi Yacoub.
Heart good as new after transplant
BRITISH doctors have revived a 12-year-old girl's dormant heart and removed a donor heart which she had started to reject.Hannah Clark, who lives in south Wales, underwent the operation in February in London by surgeons advised by specialist Sir Magdi Yacoub who came out of retirement at the request of the girl's parents.
Hannah had enjoyed good health until November when, in a routine examination, a cardiologist found her body was rejecting the organ which Yacoub had transplanted 10 years ago.
She then had been suffering from cardiomyopathy, which made her heart double in size and (the heart) threatened to fail within a year.
"We are delighted that Hannah is doing so well,' a spokesman for the cardiac team at Great Street Ormond Hospital said. "We believe this combination of circumstances is the first in the UK.'..........