Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Five-Year Wait for a Heart - but Kinza Has Always Smiled

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Five-Year Wait for a Heart - but Kinza Has Always Smiled

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Byline: BETHANY LODGE @bethlodge1

ON her way into theatre for a life-saving heart transplant, Kinza Razaq had a smile on her face.

The brave 11-year-old was critically ill when she received the good news that a donor heart had been found for her.

She underwent the surgery on Valentine's Day this year, and is now back at her Norton home with her family.

It came after more than five years anxiously waiting for a new heart.

Kinza's dad, Mohammed, said: "For the first two weeks there was nothing wrong with her.

Then we began to tell there was something wrong, because every time we tried to feed her she would get so tired and go to sleep.

"We took her to the GP who sent us straight to hospital, where we were told she had a hole in her heart. I felt like someone had hit a hammer over my head."

Youngest of five children, then-four-week-old Kinza was taken to Newcastle's Freeman Hospital in an ambulance, where it was revealed she actually had up to seven holes in her heart.

They a there Mohammed, 45, continued: "They did an operation when she was six weeks old and they told us she was going to live, but she was always backwards and forwards to hospitals."

Kinza's heart sustained her until she was five years old. It was then her family received the devastating news that she would need a heart transplant.

Since children's donor hearts are much harder to come by than adults', the Razaqs were advised to wait until Kinza was a teenager to undergo the operation.

But Mohammed added: "In January of this year she was very poorly and she couldn't wait any more. We weren't in shock, because we'd been waiting for this Razaq day for five years. They kept her in hospital until they found a heart.

"She went in on a Saturday and the next Saturday we nearly lost her. …

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