Katelyn and her mother Joy
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Donor heart appeal for girl, 8

A Cumbrian couple have appealed for a donor heart for their eight-year-old daughter who has been given just months to live.

Katelyn McAleavy, from Whitehaven, was born with only half a heart and has endured several major operations already.

But in November, her parents Joy and Steve were told that time was running out and only an urgent transplant would keep her alive.

They told BBC Look North's Mark McAlindon that the news prompted them to appeal for more people to join the organ donor register.

  • 21 Feb 2013
  • From the section Cumbria