Brave 12-year-old girl celebrates new heart in time for Christmas – ‘best present ever’


After expert medics made the difficult decision to perform a heart transplant this year, Tanesha was whisked away to Newcastle, some 100 miles away from her friends and family

Young Tanesha Ives pictured during her long and painful treatment for a heart defect
Young Tanesha Ives pictured during her long and painful treatment for a heart defect

A 12-year-old who underwent a heart transplant just last month is celebrating the “best present ever” after being told she’s well enough to go home for Christmas.

Tanesha Ives was born with complete atrioventricular septal defect, a condition that created holes between the right and left sides of her heart.

As a result of her condition, Tanesha needed life-saving heart surgery when she was just five weeks old.

She has been in and out of hospital ever since, even having a permanent pacemaker fitted when she was just 18 months.

After expert medics made the difficult decision to perform a heart transplant this year, Tanesha was whisked away to Newcastle, some 100 miles away from her friends and family.

Following a successful surgery, Tanesha had all but resigned herself to spending the festive period confined to her hospital bed in Newcastle.

Tanesha had all but resigned herself to spending the festive period in hospital
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Tenesha said it was ‘great to go home for Christmas and be a normal kid’
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But now she has received the “best present ever” after medics decided she was well enough to be allowed home in time for Christmas, with her mum Amanda Bell and sister, six-year-old Ashante.

Speaking to Hull Live, Tenesha said it was “great to go home for Christmas and be a normal kid”.

Mum-of-four Amanda, 47, said the family was grateful to the donor, who they thought about every day.

“It’s just such a big relief to have (Tenesha) home for Christmas,” she said.

“That’s all we were aiming for – just to have her home and to have Christmas, just me and my girls in the house at home and being together on Christmas morning.”

The 12-year-old has suffered serious health issues since birth
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On October 25, Amanda got the call that a donor was available and the procedure to replace Tanesha’s faulty heart had to take place at once – 100 miles from her home.

She said: “They rang me up at 6:45 in the morning and told me to get to the ward for 8am. I didn’t find out until 11:15am that it was going to be a go.

“They gave her the immunosuppressant pills, gave her the antibiotics, got her in the gown, all done and at 2:15, all the surgeons came for her.

“I was scared, I was crying, I was a mess, to be honest. But I was trying to keep calm for her.

Tanesha’s mum said she ‘came out of surgery fighting’
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“Tanesha was screaming: ‘I don’t want to go to sleep again mummy. Stop them. Help me’.

“She’s 12 so she knew some of the risks. It was hard to watch it. But she came out of the surgery fighting.”

Even though Tanesha soon managed to move out of the intensive care ward, Amanda had concerns that she wouldn’t make it home for the festive period.

“I did worry she wouldn’t come home for Christmas,” she said. “All the nurses kept saying ‘Ooh you may be home for Christmas, you know!’ and Tanesha was like ‘I bet I’m not going to be’.”

But she said it was a massive “relief” when doctors finally gave her the all-clear and said she would be headed home to spend the holidays with her sister and mother.

She’s now looking forward to a festive period at home with her mum and sister
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Amanda said the little girl’s medical woes began at birth, when doctors found she had a condition that created holes between the right and left sides of her heart.

More problems surfaced later, when Tanesha needed a permanent pacemaker fitted aged 18 months. She later caught life-threatening sepsis, following further heart surgery.

Despite these difficulties, she seemed to be making steady progress, but had another scare in 2015 when she stopped breathing in her sleep.

Amanda said: “It was a shock for me and my family. It wasn’t picked up in pregnancy, so I was just thrown into the congenital heart defects world.

“She had a good couple of years where she was in and out with infections, but nothing major to do with her heart until 2015 when she stopped breathing in her sleep.

“I was breastfeeding my younger daughter at the time when she stopped breathing. She’s usually a noisy breather in her sleep, and I couldn’t hear her.

“I shook her and started screaming her name, and she started to fit. Then I grabbed her and rushed her to the hospital.”

At the end of 2019, Tanesha’s health deteriorated again and doctors began to raise the possibility of a risky heart transplant.

Specialist surgeons at Freeman Hospital Children’s Heart Unit, in Newcastle, later found that her heart was failing and fast-tracked her for a transplant in 2021.

The family are now fundraising to recover costs incurred while looking after Tanesha.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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