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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Heart transplant girl goes back to school in west Cumbria

Battling youngster Katelyn McAleavy has taken another huge stride towards leading a ‘normal’ life.

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Katelyn McAleavy

The nine-year-old, who had a heart transplant in August, rejoined her classmates at St Begh’s Junior School in Whitehaven.

Katelyn, who will continue to be home tutored for the time being, was well enough to go back for half a day.

Her grandfather Steven Lamb said: “She went back into school to meet her teachers and everyone was very pleased to see her and made a big fuss because she has been off for quite a while. We will gradually ease her back into it because we still have to be careful with her medication but we hope she will be back to normal after Christmas.

“Katelyn has been looking forward to going back to school and getting back with her friends who she has missed.”

Since birth, Katelyn, of Uldale Road, Whitehaven, has undergone four major operations, including having a pacemaker fitted. She underwent the heart transplant this summer after a 10-month wait.

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