The heart transplant list in the United Kingdom now includes the youngest member ever, a 12-days-old baby girl, and the race is on to find her a new heart.
According to the Mirror, Tiarna Gray was born just 12 days ago with a very rare heart condition called hypoplastic right heart syndrome, or HRHS. The condition results in a blockage of the right heart valve which leads to the lungs, necessitating an organ transplant.
The newborn was added to the transplant list by medics who realized her condition just hours after her birth. Mother Sharney Gray, of Gateshead, U.K., told the Mirror, “I haven't even held her, all I've been able to do is hold her hand.”
“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. Most babies run out of time before they get a heart."
The couple — who said they knew their daughter would be born with the rare condition — have another son, 2-year-old Jamie, who has met his baby sister only briefly. Gary Middleton, Tiarna’s father, says, “We've just got to hope, that's all we can do."
Regarding the baby’s chances of finding an appropriate heart, Dr. Richard Kirk, Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist and the doctor on the case at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, said, "We can never say 'when' a heart might become available and it's very unusual for little hearts to become available to be used. All of our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
Our thoughts are with this family as well, and join them in hoping a heart will be found for little Tiarna soon.