Peterborough Girl Saved By Heart Transplant Launches Organ Drive To Spread Awareness

Twelve-year-old Peterborough girl Sarah Edge loves riding horses—and has won quite a few ribbons!

She is a happy, healthy girl.

But when she was just 6 weeks old, she went into heart failure. "I had to have a heart transplant when I was 18 months old, after living at the Hospital for Sick Children for 3 1/2 months," she says. "I am doing really well now. I have to take good care of this precious heart, because I am so very lucky to have it."

When Sarah realized that many perfectly healthy organs don't get used, she was shocked. So now she's started an organ donation drive to raise awareness. "Nobody knows when somebody we love might need an organ transplant," she says. "I asked my mom what it was like to be hoping somebody else's child died so that I could live, but she explained that it's not like that at all. Bad things happen all of the time—she just hoped and prayed that no organ would be wasted, and if one was available, they would decide to help me live."

Sarah asks you to take the time to register here. Spread the word on your social media channels.

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Best Thing Ever: Peterborough Girl Sarah Edge Celebrating Her 10th Anniversary With New Heart By Hosting Blood Clinic

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Sarah Edge was only six weeks old when she first begin experiencing heart problems. By the time she was 15 months, and her health in severe decline, she was placed on a heart transplant waiting list. Her family was afraid Sarah would not make it, and she was down to only 15 pounds. After weeks on the waiting list, Sarah’s mother received the miracle call that the family had been waiting for: A heart had been found!

At 18 months old, Sarah received the heart transplant she so desperately needed. Throughout her treatment, she also needed 66 units of blood products to help beat the odds that were not in her favour.

Ten years later after her miracle heart transplant and the generosity of blood donors, Sarah is giving back. In celebration of her post-transplant anniversary, the 11-year-old from Peterborough hopes that the blood donor clinic she and her family are organizing will bring out donors willing to help save the lives of children like her.

Sarah’s Celebratory Clinic is Tuesday, November 5th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at  Peterborough Blood Donor Clinic (55 George St. at the corner of George and Perry St.). Members of the community are encouraged to come out and support Sarah and other children in need of blood and blood products, as well as organs. Call 1 888 2 Donate (1-888-236-283) or go online to to book an appointment to donate blood. In addition, it takes only minutes to register to be an organ or tissue donor. Visit to find out how.

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