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Brave little ‘warrior’ receives new heart

THE prayers of a Tyrone family have been answered as brave little warrior, three-year-old David Hope Glass, continues to recover after undergoing a successful heart transplant ‘Down Under’.

David, whose father Liam moved to Australia from Greencastle around seven years ago, is making good progress following a gruelling 12-hour operation at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Earlier this summer, the toddler’s Tyrone relatives thanked the local community for all the prayers being said on his behalf after being placed on the waiting list for a donor heart.

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When he was born in 2016, David – named after the boy in the Bible who defeated the giant Goliath – was hailed as “truly a miracle” by his father in a moving interview with the Tyrone Herald’s sister paper, the Ulster Herald.

At the time of his birth, Liam revealed that doctors had previously advised his wife Cindy to have an abortion 22 weeks into her pregnancy.
They informed the couple that there was less than a 50 per-cent chance the baby would survive a week.

His son had a long and complex list of medical conditions, from atrioventricular and ventricular septal defects which left holes in the walls separating the chambers of his heart, to pulmonary stenosis, characterised by an obstruction of the flow of blood from the right heart ventricle to the lungs.

Prior to his latest operation, the brave little boy had already endured five open heart surgeries to alleviate his rare conditions.

While his family waited for news of a suitable organ donation, the toddler had been a patient at the Royal Children’s Hospital, where he was reliant on a pacemaker, mechanical valve and heart failure treatment drug, Milrinone, to keep his tiny heart beating.

His parents, along with younger sister Bella, were living in accommodation close to the hospital, an eight-hour drive away from their home in Adelaide, as they prayed for another miracle.

Then, late last month, young David was rushed into theatre after a suitable heart was found.

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A post on the David Hope Glass Facebook page, which provides regular updates on his progress, confirmed that the new heart had been “successfully transplanted”.

His family have thanked all the medical staff who were involved in the life-saving surgery.

They added, “We thank all of our family, friends and followers, for the messages, prayers, gifts, donations, faith, the hope and in general the love and passion that is shown daily. We can never be more grateful.”

Further posts have stated that the three-year-old is making a “little progress” each day, which is adding up to “big results”.

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