CHESTERFIELD: Family’s prayers for heart are answered

Nick Bingham and his wife with Freya and Anya
Nick Bingham and his wife with Freya and Anya

A couple’s anxious wait is finally over - after their daughter had a life-saving heart transplant this week.

Freya Bingham remains in intensive care following her operation but her parents say everything went well and the five-year-old is now desperate to come home.

The youngster was rushed in to surgery on Sunday evening after a suitable donor heart was found.

Dad Nick, 40, of Highbury Road Newbold, said it had been a worrying wait but finally they had been given the good news they so wished for -that everything had gone well.

Speaking from Newcastle Hospital he added: “She’s fine, it’s pretty amazing to be honest. She’s going to be up and down and could be in hospital for another six or seven weeks but she is already asking to come home.”

A fortnight ago the Derbyshire Times launched an appeal to support the family as they faced a child care crisis. The couple needed help caring for their younger daughter Anya, 3, over the school holidays, while Nick worked full time and mum Clare, 38, remained at her daughter’s bedside.

Tearful Clare said: “Just knowing the entire town - the place where Nick and I grew up - was behind us meant so much. I was stuck up here by myself but to have that support has been unbelievable, we really were overwhelmed.

“I said to the hospital staff ‘Chesterfield is in the grip of Freya mania’. I can’t thank everyone enough for what they have done.

“Freya is really well, we just can’t wait to get her home now and thank everyone properly.”

Brave Freya was diagnosed with rare heart condition, cardiomyopathy. She was rushed in to hospital after her condition deteriorated and has been waiting for a new heart since May.