Young Amelia Marran receiving her Braveheart award with (L-R), Bobby Moncur, previous Braveheart winner Philippa Shanks, and mum Lisa Armstrong,
18 May 2017 10:48AM
AFTER surviving cardiac arrests, a heart transplant and cancer, Amelia Marran’s bravery and tenacity are nothing short of astonishing.
And the six-year-old’s courage has been honoured with a prestigious Brave Hearts award.
Prudhoe schoolgirl Amelia underwent heart surgery as a tiny baby after being diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
As a toddler she suffered a series of devastating cardiac arrests and was placed on the transplant list.
In August 2015 she underwent nine hours of transplant surgery and was discharged in time for Christmas. Months later, in February 2016, Amelia suffered a ruptured bowel twice whilst undergoing treatment for a suspected chest infection.
Medics then discovered a cancerous tumour in her stomach. Fortunately, treatment was successful and by June 2016 Amelia was discharged from hospital.
Now fighting fit, Amelia is a popular pupil at Prudhoe West First School.
And on April 27, she became one of the 21 inspirational children recognised at this year’s Brave Hearts awards.
Amelia was nominated by the Children’s Heart Unit Foundation.
At the glittering awards ceremony at St James’ Park, Amelia was presented with a Brave Hearts crystal plinth.
Proud mum Lisa Armstrong said: “It was so lovely to see Amelia be rewarded because she’s been through so much. I was over the moon and so proud of her.”