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Swap girl gets back own heart.

Byline: By RICHARD SMITH

A GIRL of 12 had a donor heart removed and her own organ reconnected in the first operation of its kind in Britain.

Hannah Clark had the surgery in February after her body started to reject the donor heart.

She had her first transplant when she was two.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital were reluctant to operate so renowned heart surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub - who performed Hannah's first swap - came out of retirement to help.

The op was a success and having her own heart back means she no longer needs anti-rejection drugs.

Mum Elizabeth said: "Hannah recovered so well she was home within five days. She is doing a lot more by herself now."

Hannah, of Mountain Ash, South Wales, who had cardiomyopathy and has also battled lymph cancer, hopes to compete in the Transplant Games.

A hospital spokesman said: "We believe this combination of circumstances is the first in the UK."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2006
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