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Brave teenager who had seven life-saving operations as a baby gets new heart

A brave Shropshire teenager who had seven life-saving operations in the first few months of her life, has been given the gift of a new heart.

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Thirteen-year-old Olivia Austin was born on November 21, 2009, to parents Emma Draycott and Dave Austin of Minsterley, near Shrewsbury.

Shortly after her birth, doctors realised she had serious life-threatening conditions including a heart problem called transposition of the great arteries.

They also found that her coronary arteries had not formed properly either.

Within the first few months of her life, Olivia was in and out of hospital and had to undergo seven-life saving operations at Birmingham Children's Hospital.