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Girl Rejects Life-Saving Heart Transplant, Goes Home to Die

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Associated Press: A 13-year-old girl is home with her family after convincing British authorities to allow her the right to refuse a heart transplant.

Hannah Jones tells the Daily Mirror she's had enough of hospitals -- where she spent much of the last eight years -- and just wants to spend time with her parents, brother and sisters.

The newspaper is reporting in Tuesday's editions that Hannah was about to be removed from her parents' care by local authorities, who were insisting she agree to a heart transplant.

But the paper is quoting Hannah's father as saying that his daughter convinced the authorities the operation wasn't in her best interest.

Hannah was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 4. It was later discovered she has cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart.

According to the Times of London, doctors have warned Hannah that a heart transplant is risky and that, even if it succeeded, the drugs used to prevent her body rejecting the new heart could prompt a recurrence of the leukemia.

Hannah's mother Kirsty, an intensive care nurse, and her father Andrew, an auditor, say they respect their daughter's wishes and are angry that the hospital brought the action.

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MoMoll November 11, 2008, 1:24 PM

I’m an intensive care nurse and I respect Hannah’s decision. People who are healthy don’t UNDERSTAND the pain and anguish some people go through with surgery.
This child has spent 8 years in hospitals. She, KNOWS probaby more than the newly graduated doctors who think THEY (as GOD) can save her. Sometimes it’s right to let the patient and family decide.
My heart goes out to Hannah and her parents! Not an easy decision, but it’s yours, AS it should be!

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