Sunderland heart transplant survivor awaits GCSE results

Double heart transplant survivor Sarah Barton, 16 of East Herrington  with her mum Beverley Barton
Double heart transplant survivor Sarah Barton, 16 of East Herrington with her mum Beverley Barton
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DOUBLE heart transplant girl Sarah Barton is just one day away from another major milestone in her young life.

Like thousands of other teenagers cross the country, the East Herrington 16-year-old is on tenterhooks awaiting her all-important GCSE results.

But unlike her peers, Sarah is a medical marvel who was just 48 hours from death.

Three years ago she had heart failure, and needed surgery.

Her body rejected the original transplant heart.

Doctors were left stunned and had to get advice from around the world.

While waiting for another organ, she had to go through chemotherapy to prolong her life

Although she was given just weeks to live, Sarah battled through for 12 days until another donor heart was found in 2010.

The last couple of years have seen her progress hugely and although she still has medication to take each day and some physical scars, she has been able to get on with her life like a normal teenager.

Farringdon School pupil Sarah, of Lambton Court, said: “It’s always going to be at the back of my mind but its’ not prominent.”

Mum Bev, along with dad Peter, 54, Andrew, 21, and Chris, 18, are now hoping she will get the results she wants after overcoming the odds in her life.

“I’m mainly hoping for As and Bs but maybe I’ll get a couple of Cs as well,” said Sarah.

She then plans to go to Bede College to study film, classical culture and English literature at the Durham Road site.

A career in the movie industry could beckon, as Sarah is already part of the Northern Stars Film Academy, in Newcastle.

“I’d really like to be a film editor one day,” she added.