The parents of South Shields heart transplant girl Llana Qazi have told of their gratitude as she stages a recovery from her surgery.
Four-year-old Llana Qazi received her second donor heart last month after her body suffered a chronic rejection of the transplant organ she received at the tender age of just nine months.
We are very thankful.Mohammad Qazi
The battling youngster is making slow but steady progress in hospital in the intensive care ward of Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital – where she has received round-the-clock care for the last two months.
She is still under sedation and requires a ventilator after suffering recent struggles with her breathing, but her family remain full of hope that she will be back home again in Dean Road, South Shields, in the not to distant future.
Llana Qazi’s health battle began when she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, which meant her heart muscles were not strong enough to work on their own, at just four months old.
Parents Mohammad and Shazeb Qazi have kept to a hectic schedule of combining daily visits to their beloved daughter with running their family business, Frydays fish and chip shop in Smithy Street, South Shields, since she was admitted to the wards on November 7.
Mr Qazi said: “It is the end result that keeps you going and drives you through.
“As she gets better, she will be moved out of intensive care and onto a high dependency unit.
“The support of the doctors and from the public has been brilliant.
“We are very thankful.”