HEART transplant hero Aaron McAleese has been given the all-clear to go back to school.
Aaron, who had life-saving surgery on January 17 at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, will rejoin his primary one classmates at Alloa’s Park Primary on Wednesday.
He told the Sunday Mail: “I can’t wait to go back and see all my pals.”
Aaron made a remarkable recovery following the six-hour operation and was home with his parents and sisters Morgan and Shari weeks later.
His life had been saved with only days to spare following an organ donation from abroad.
Donor rates in Europe are higher than in the UK, where there is a shortage.
Aaron was born with the positions of his pulmonary artery and aorta reversed, which interrupts the blood flow to either the body or the lungs.
His heart also pumped blood the wrong way around his body, limiting the supply of oxygen to his heart.
And after three months in quarantine, Aaron, who turns six next month, can’t wait to get back to school.
Aaron started school last October but only managed a handful of days due to ill health and gruelling operations.
Aaron with his family
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Dad John, 26, said: “He’s ecstatic about school and can’t wait.
“He’s so excited. He only got out of quarantine a couple of weeks ago and our first trip was to the toy shop to get him a Batman motorbike I’d promised him months earlier. He’s been getting schooled at home but has really missed his classmates.
“He only managed to go for a few days before he became too poorly but he still remembers it.
“Because his condition affected him physically, he’s always loved his reading and learning to write.
“Aaron also loves to draw and has a great imagination.
“It was tough for him being taken away from school because he loved it, so to finally be fit enough to go back is like a gift for him.”
Aaron, whose story featured in ITV’s Have a Heart campaign after being told by the Sunday Mail in February, has had more than 20 invasive procedures, including the fitting of a pacemaker.
He still undergoes fortnightly checks at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
He will take a daily cocktail of drugs for the rest of his life to stop his body rejecting his new heart.
John said: “Everything’s great and the hospital have said we’re doing a good job of making sure he has all his medication. Only one of his tablets has to be taken within the school day and that’s all sorted with staff. He can just go and be a normal little boy.”
John and his brothers are members of hip hop band Cerberus and are to organise a fundraising gig for Yorkhill children’s hospital in Glasgow and the Freeman.