Tipperary child who received new heart now ready to start school

A little Tipperary boy who underwent a lifesaving heart transplant just months ago is getting ready to start school for the first time.

Peter McKay, four, from Coolgarrane, near Thurles, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at just six months old. For two and a half years, Peter responded well to medication, but suddenly his health took a turn for the worst and he was rushed to Dublin’s Crumlin Hospital for lifesaving treatment.

Despite doctors’ best attempts, parents Nikita Campbell and Peter Mckay were told that their son’s only chance of survival was to undergo a heart transplant and that he needed to be transferred hundreds of miles away from home to Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.


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