Celebration of life for Leeds transplant youngster

Gabrysia Filarowski.

Gabrysia Filarowski.

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Four years ago this week, Gabrysia Filarowski’s family received the long-awaited news that she was to be given the gift of life.

At the time she was desperately ill – and now the five-year-old has celebrated her transplant anniversary.

Schoolfriends from St Mary’s in Horsforth, Leeds, joined her for an afternoon of fun in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation, which sent her family on a dream holiday to Disneyworld in Florida.

Gabrysia’s mum Angela said she was doing “amazingly”, with events like her school sports day extra special.

“It’s incredible – these are run of the mill things for every other parent but magical moments for us. It’s moments like that when you realise it’s been a miracle for her.”

Gabrysia, from Horsforth, was born with a serious heart defect and despite surgery, Angela and husband Andrew were told a transplant was vital.

Since the operation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, she has generally recovered well.

“Her heart is brilliant. It’s never faltered and it’s really strong,” Angela said.

“The complication that she’s got is due to being immunosuppressed.”

The youngster has a persistent cough, but it is hoped a new treatment will help.

Since her transplant, Gabrysia’s family have organised a fundraising event to mark the anniversary.

This year it was a sponsored soft play session at Kids Clubhouse in Horsforth, where was face painting and an appearance from Peppa Pig.

Donate via: www.justgiving.com/Angela-Filarowski1 or text GABS90 and the amount you would like to give – such as £5 – to 70070.

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