Birmingham Mail | Alison Dayani
Zoe Croft, aged 16, was given just days to live after she was told she had a chest infection – but then found out she had the rare heart condition cardiomyopathy.
Her heart was drowning in fluid and was three times its normal size when she was placed on the UK’s super urgent transplant waiting list in May.
Within 24 hours of going on the list she underwent a life saving six-hour operation to receive her new heart at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Edgbaston.
Complications after surgery led to surgeons slicing Zoe’s leg from the knee to the ankle to relieve pressure in her body and adding a pacemaker too as her new heart was ‘sluggish’.
Now the business student is preparing to celebrate her 17th birthday on Saturday.
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