Specialists consider heart-lung transplant

FROM her infectious smile and contagious laugh, you would think 12-year-old Emmy Clark was a normal girl.

But all this seven-time heartoperation battler wants is to have a fair go at life.

After her seventh heart operation in August last year, doctors told her there was nothing more they could do to help her.

But a phone call last week by her cardiologist gave a very different outlook on her future.

The possibility of a heart-andlung transplant is now being discussed, something that was considered impossible for Emmy.

Emmy's mother Robi said she was shaking after the phone call. "I didn't know if it was good news or bad news,'' she said.

"Emmy asked me that same day 'If my heart is normal, will I be normal?' and I said 'Yes, of course you'd be'.''

Mrs Clark said while Emmy had reacted well to her last operation, her oxygen levels had lowered over time.

She said Emmy had spent a weekend in hospital four weeks ago with a fast heart rate.



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