Baby Oscar Dunkley received a heart transplant.
A 20-month-old boy from Bournemouth, Dorset, almost died several times.
His delighted mother, Abby Burkmar, said: “He is already a completely different child. We are very grateful to the donor family. ”
The young man is no longer fed through a tube, and now he is studying what it means to explore the outside world.
Abby said, “The new heart works very well. He is a completely different child. ”
Speaking of parents who donated the heart of their child, she added: “Thank you for not getting close enough.
“They saved the life of Oscar and changed our whole life.
“I hope they will find comfort in what will be a terrible situation for them. It's still so soon, and I'm trying to cope with emotions. In the end, I think we will write to a family of donors, but now they will need their place.
“I think about them all the time – especially when we have a good day with Oscar, which we could not do when he could not leave the hospital. They must be experiencing so much …
“Oscar’s quality of life is 100% better. Previously, he was fed through a tube, and he was always sick – now he eats properly.
“Even just doing ordinary things, such as taking him to the grocery store, he likes to see all the products. He likes to just get out of the car, and he is so excited when he sees the car. ”
Oscar was seriously ill with heart failure when his plight was shown on the front page of the Mirror in November.
He could have lived a few days after his death, barely surviving a few weeks ago, when the powerful drugs that keep the organ beats almost did not work.
Oscar was in the hospital for several months when his parents received the news they were waiting for. Abby said: “At 4 in the morning they called us.
“Oscar was taken to Great Ormond Street Hospital by ambulance an hour later, then he was undergoing surgery.
“He had a new heart that day, about eight hours passed. We waited so long, then everything happened so quickly.
“We were completely shocked. He was reassured and had a lot of wires in it, which was overwhelming. We were really emotional. We were so close to losing him many times, and I knew that another family had lost their child and decided to do it. ”
24-year-old Abby believes that the successful campaign “Mirroring the law of life”, dedicated to organ donation, helped her son get a salutary gift.
She said: "I think this was an important factor in why Oscar received his new heart."
After the operation, the little boy spent eight days in intensive care – but he was used to fighting.
At the age of four months, he was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, that is, parts of the heart were enlarged, and the organ could not normally pump blood.
This is the same condition that affected Max Johnson, a 10-year-old boy who spoke at the Mirrors campaign.
Oscar's condition was maintained until September of last year, when he was taken to hospital with suspected bronchitis.
Then his parents were told the terrible news of heart failure, and his life was in grave danger.
Oscar, who has a four-year-old brother Jack, lived in Southampton General Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for five months, and father Josh and mother Abby took turns at his bedside.
The parents supported our campaign, and the law, a private member bill submitted by laborer Jeffrey Robinson, received royal consent in March.
This means that adults in England will be classified as agreeing to become organ donors if they do not refuse.
It will take effect in 2020 and will be named "Max and Keira Law" in honor of "Max Mirror Guy" and "Cyrus Ball," the girls whose heart beats in their chest now.
The NHS Blood and Transplantation data presented in Mirror show that 23 people died waiting for a transplant within two months after it became law in March, and 868 patients were added to the waiting list.
Children who need a new heart usually wait two and a half times longer than adults, because parents who have lost their parents are less likely to agree on donated organs. Last year, 426 patients died while on the waiting list – 17 were children.
Donors and their relatives are anonymous, but through the health authorities, Oscar parents can contact the donor’s family if they agree.
Abby said, "I hope that maybe in a year or so we can write to them and tell them how Oscar is doing."