Andrew Jackson, who had a heart transplant when he was a child
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Child heart surgery: Families defend Newcastle Freeman

In 1987, the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle was the first to perform a successful heart transplant on a child.

A few years later Andrew Jackson's life was also saved by a heart transplant at the hospital, something he still finds difficult to talk about.

He does not want to see it close - and nor does his mother Susan, who has spent the past 21 years raising money for the unit.

  • 16 Feb 2011
  • From the section Health