Sadie’s hav­ing a ball as she cel­e­brates trans­plant

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

A heart­felt fundrais­ing ball will be held this month to cel­e­brate a north-east girl’s life be­ing saved by the kind­ness of an or­gan donor.

Sadie Mer­rin was aged seven when she re­ceived her life-chang­ing new heart through com­plex trans­plant surgery on Hog­manay 2012.

Soon af­ter she was born in 2005, her mother, Karen, a neona­tal nurse, started to see her health de­te­ri­o­rate.

Her baby’s hands were of­ten chilly and clammy, and doc­tors even­tu­ally di­ag­nosed the new­born with di­lated car­diomy­opa­thy, a con­di­tion where the heart is too large to ef­fec­tively pump blood around the body.

For the next seven years, the fam­ily spent countless months in and out of chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals in Aberdeen, Glas­gow and New­cas­tle as they waited for the news that a “golden heart” had been found for Sadie, who be­lieved only a truly “golden per­son” would be good enough to do­nate their most vi­tal or­gan.

Since her surgery, Sadie has been able to fol­low her dreams and live the life of any other lit­tle girl.

Her fam­ily – who are orig­i­nally from Aberdeen and now live in Mo­ray – have sup­ported her in ev­ery­thing she has set her mind to, and for the past two years she has even taken part in the Bri­tish Trans­plant Games.

Now the 13-year-old El­gin Acad­emy pupil is pre­par­ing to help her mum and the rest of her fam­ily or­gan­ise the sec­ond Brave­heart Ball at Thain­stone in Aberdeen­shire on Novem­ber 24.

The first ball, which was held in 2013, raised £42,000 for char­ity and Sadie’s mum hopes this year’s event will be bet­ter still .

The ball will raise cash for two car­diac char­i­ties close to the Mer­rin fam­ily’s hearts, the Re­becca’s Rain­bow Heart Eb­stien’s Anom­aly Trust which sup­ports a chil­dren’s car­diac nurse in the NHS Grampian re­gion.

It will also help the Chil­dren’s Heart Unit Fund, which pro­vides as­sis­tance to young­sters re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at the Free­man Hospi­tal in New­cas­tle, where Sadie re­ceived her trans­plant.

Mrs Mer­rin said: “Our first Brave­heart Ball was such a huge suc­cess, and we re­ally hope we’ll be able to raise a sim­i­lar amount of money for our sec­ond one this year.”

To find out more about the ball, do­nate or take part in a silent on­line auc­tion, visit brave­heart

“We re­ally hope we’ll be able to raise a sim­i­lar amountof­money”

THANK­FUL: Sadie Mer­rin, now aged 13, was just seven when she un­der­went a heart trans­plant that saved her life, thanks to a ‘golden per­son’ who do­nated the or­gan

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