Not everyone born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome undergoes a transplant. A Europe-wide appeal had been launched for Charlie Douthwaite, an eight-week-old baby born with half a heart.
The child had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition that leaves the left side of the organ underdeveloped. Surgeons performed a nine-hour operation at Newcastle's Freeman hospital after a donor's heart was found within weeks, rather than the months or even years it can take.
His mother, Tracie Waite, thanked the donor family for the "priceless, most precious gift that could ever be given." Douthwaite is now recovering from his nine-hour transplant surgery at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and is expected to return home in 2018.