Wednesday, 6 March 2013

The Courageous Carina

Every now and then, as an MP, you come across a truly inspirational case. Today, I met with Darren Marcangelo (an Esher resident) whose daughter, Carina, is waiting for a heart transplant. She was born with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscles, and has been treated at Great Ormond Street and Royal Brompton hospitals.

Carina, who was 1 in February, is receiving excellent care and has been fitted with an internal cardiovercular defibrillator (like the one Fabrice Muamba has). But, she still urgently needs a heart transplant. I talked through the situation with Darren, and the family are hopeful that they will be allocated a donor soon.

As well as struggling with their own case, Darren and Mum Nicole have are championing awareness of the dire need for more young heart donors for those in desperate need of transplants. You can find out more from their website here. As a father of a 4-month old, I was struck by the bravery and courage of the whole family. I will join with the many others in hoping and praying that Carina gets the donor she needs soon.


Darren Marcangelo said...


Thank you so much for your time today and trying to help out in any way you can with Carina's situation.

Warm regards,


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