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BABY HARRY'S DOING WELL AFTER THIRD HEART OP IN 10 MONTHS.

A RELIEVED mother has thanked surgeons for saving her little boy's life for a third time - all before his first birthday.

Barbara Mancer worried for her 10-month-old Harry when surgeons told her they needed to sever the baby's pulmonary artery in the second of three operations he needs to help fix his complex heart condition.

But both she and partner Colin Dunn, both 40, know he is in safe hands at the Freeman Hospital's Children's Heart Unit. Just 11 days after having the surgery Harry was well enough to go home, where he is going from strength to strength. "He is doing amazingly well considering what he's been through - he's so happy and content," said Barbara, who works as a palliative care nurse at North Tyneside Hospital. "I feel so lucky that we have the heart unit and I am so thankful to the whole team there."

Harry has tricuspid atresia, a heart defect which means his right valve - one of two vital to pumping blood around his body - does not work, and he also has a hole in his heart.

Surgeons will have to carry out one more operation, known as a Fontan procedure, when he is a toddler.

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ONE PROUD MUM Harry Dunn, 10 months, from Blyth who has returned home after three major heart operations, with his thrilled mum Barbara Mancer
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 30, 2013
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