Family hail ‘amazing’ public support as South Shields girl continues to fight for life

HAPPY 3 rd BIRTHDAY  ... Little Llana Qazi with dad  Mohammad Qazi  and mam Shazeb Qazi at Frydays Fish and Chip shop
HAPPY 3 rd BIRTHDAY ... Little Llana Qazi with dad Mohammad Qazi and mam Shazeb Qazi at Frydays Fish and Chip shop

The grateful father of a brave youngster who is fighting for her life after her body rejected her donor heart for the second time has hailed the ‘amazing’ support of caring people in South Tyneside.

Llana Qazi, aged four, remains under sedation in intensive care at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest nearly two weeks ago.

The people of South Tyneside have been amazing.

Mohammad Qazi

Doctors discovered she was suffering a severe rejection of the donor heart, as well as kidney failure and a bleeding to the lungs.

Her anxious parents have been warned she may need to go back on the transplant list for a second replacement heart – but her medical team are working tirelessly to help her stage another remarkable recovery.

The tenacious youngster received a new heart at the age of just nine months after being kept alive by a mechanical Berlin heart after suffering from a condition called cardiomyopathy.

Last February, she was hit with another health blow when her body began to reject her donor heart – but she bounced back in time to enjoy a special third birthday party with loved ones.

Her family have called on the public to pray for her recovery.

Dad Mohammad Qazi, who runs Frydays fish and chip shop in South Shields, has drawn strength from the support of the public.

Distraught Mr Qazi took his beloved daughter to hospital when she turned blue – after a week suffering from a persistent cough and a soaring temperature.

The 53-year-old said: “The people of South Tyneside have been amazing. Everyone has given us lots of support.

“God willing she will be OK.”