Writing Task- Week 1

Main story:

Headline: “Her sixth birthday is a day we never thought we would see”

By Jennifer Leeman

An infant child from Leeds who was born with a serious heart defect recovered from transplant at 16 months old to see in her sixth birthday.

Gabriella Fletcher’s parents were told their baby daughter only had six months to live – today, they are celebrating a day they never thought they would see.

“We are celebrating with parties with Gabriella’s family and friends,” mother Angela said: “We live for the moment and fulfill our dreams wherever possible as we know only too well the harsh reality of what we could face at any moment with her.

Gabriella underwent two open-heart surgeries before having a life-saving transplant in July 2009, at 16 months old.

Angela continued: “We thank God in our prayers every night for our donor family, and remember their selfless act always.

“We are so proud of the miracle that is our daughter, but we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who made it possible.”

The six-year-old is now on regular infusions of antibodies after suffering from repeated chest infections, and is thrilled to be able to inject herself with them. “If only she knew how momentous it was that she is able to do this,” Angela added.

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Side story:

Andrew and Angela Fletcher are encouraging organ donations after their daughter received life-saving heart transplant at 16 months old.

Gabriella Fletcher, now six years old, received the heart donation after two unsuccessful attempts at open-heart surgery.

The six-year-old has since started dance lessons, and is said to show ‘great promise,’ placing fourth in a competition last week: “We are so proud of the miracle that is our daughter, but know we owe a debt of gratitude to all who made it possible.

Angela continued: “We continue to encourage all to sign up to the donor register and consider giving the most amazing gift of all – the gift of life.”

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