A change of heart
The girl who refused a potentially life saving transplant
- By: Alex Romain
Published by Harper Collins, 2010, ISBN 978 0007342365
£6.99; 336 pages
Like many young girls, Hannah enjoys pretty things. She talks about clothes and adores pink, so much so that her bedroom, from carpet to curtains, is a shrine to her favourite colour.
Unlike most young girls, Hannah’s bedroom was decorated by the Make a Wish foundation. The remit of this charity is to grant wishes to children with life threatening illness. At the age of 4, Hannah was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. After chemotherapy she developed cardiomyopathy, and heart failure insidiously progressed throughout her childhood. In this book, Hannah’s Choice, Hannah and her mother Kirsty describe the torrent of highs and lows experienced during the past 10 years.
Hannah became an international focus for media attention when she declined a potentially life saving heart transplant at the age of 12. This dramatic choice divided public and medical opinion.