Battling South Shields girl Llana needs a second heart transplant

Llana Qazi with parents Mohammad and Shaz.
Llana Qazi with parents Mohammad and Shaz.

The devastated family of a brave youngster who has is battling for her life in hospital have been told she needs a second replacement heart.

Four-year-old Llana Qazi was given a second shot at life at the age of just nine months when she received a heart transplant in February 2012.

“It is just a waiting game now.”

Maria Qazi

She had spent eight months in hospital being kept alive by a machine after suffering from a condition called cardiomyopathy.

Since then she has overcome a series of health setbacks, but is now facing a new race against time after her body rejected her donor heart.

She has suffered two cardiac arrests since being taken to hospital on November 7 by her parents Mohammad and Shazeb Qazi after a week struggling with a persistent cough and a rising temperature.

Three weeks on they are now playing a ‘waiting game’ over her future.

Doctors found at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital found she had suffered a chronic rejection of the donor heart after her heart stopped just hours after she was admitted to the wards.

The medical team have worked tirelessly to repair the organ but after a second attack, she has been put her on top of an ‘emergency’ waiting list for a new heart.

Her family are now willing her to pull off another remarkable recovery in a short life that has been spent fighting against the odds.

Her parents, from Dean Road, South Shields, remain at her bedside in hospital.

Llana spent weeks in intensive care in February last year after her body began to reject her donor heart for the first time.

She spent weeks in intensive care but bounced back from the setback in style to enjoy a third birthday party at her parents’ Frydays fish and chip shop in May of that year.

Now her family are left in limbo – anxiously awaiting news over a new donor heart being found and hoping she can prevail again.

Llana’s big sister Maria Qazi, 22, said; “She is on life support and the doctors have told us she is stable. It has been a very difficult time. My parents are with her at the hospital.

“She suffered a cardiac arrest last Thursday and the doctors decided she needed to go back on the transplant list for a new heart.

“She has put on the emergency transplant list. It is just a waiting game now.

Mr Qazi has hailed his daughter as a ‘little miracle’ – and has called on the community to rally behind the family and offer their prayers for Llana.

He previously said: “Everything is in God’s hands now.

“She has so much fight and has been a miracle since she was born.”