Sporty Anna is back in action after heart op

November 09 2020
Sporty Anna is back in action after heart op

A schoolgirl from Red Hill is back doing sporting activities after having a lifesaving heart transplant.

Anna Hadley returned to county training in her beloved hockey and has restarted rock climbing following her operation in February this year.

Her father, Andy, said: “Anna is still doing well,” adding she had gone back to Nunnery Wood High School and resumed her GCSE PE lessons.

Mr Hadley said Anna had had her final biopsy in September and it had come back all clear.

He explained: “Now she is just on daily medication and monthly check-ups at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

“This should continue until she is transferred to an Adult Heart Centre when she is around 18 years old.

“Anna has also just sent a letter to her donor, via the NHS donations services.

“We still know very little about her donor or the family who agreed to donate and save her life.

“We hope they reply and perhaps even want to meet Anna at some point in the future.”

He added that despite the turmoil caused by the Covid-19 pandemic life for the family was beginning to return to a level of normality, saying: “Normal feels fantastic.”

Before her diagnosis Anna had collapsed twice while doing sport and had episodes that seemed to be asthmatic before her condition of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy (RCM) was identified.

RCM is a rare heart disease which causes heart failure.

Anna spent 20 months on the waiting list for a new heart before receiving one during her operation at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).