Rare heart diseases in Infant

COLLECTSA tiny newborn in the U.K. is being kept alive by a machine as doctors wait for an organ small enough to perform a lifesaving heart transplant.

Twelve-day-old Tiarna Gray was born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome (HRHS), a rare heart defect. Her coronary arteries did not develop completely, meaning blood cannot flow to her lungs.

Doctors at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, England, discovered that Tiarna would need a transplant soon after she was born on May 22.

Guidelines in the UK prevent infants under two months of age from being declared brain dead and becoming organ donors, meaning it will be difficult to find a heart for Tiarna.

Tiarna’s family, mom Sharney Gray, brother Jaime and dad Gary Middleton, can only hope that the little girl will get a new heart before it is too late. “We've heard from doctors sometimes they could get two hearts at the same time or she might not get one at all and she might not make it that long, ” mom Sharney Gray, 22, told the Mirror. “Most babies run out of time before they get a heart, ”

Iain Buist/Newcastle Chronicle Tiarna’s family, mom Sharney Gray, brother Jaime and dad Gary Middleton, can only hope that the little girl will get a new heart before it is too late. .

Dr. Richard Kirk of the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle said that Tiarna is currently the youngest baby baby on the country’s transplant list.

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