A BRAVE little girl waiting for a life-changing heart operation has received a letter from the Queen.
Lily Hardy, 6, wrote to Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The youngster, who attends Hendal Primary School, was born with a heart defect and is prone to infections due to the problem which means she often needs antibiotics.
She is on the waiting list for an operation at Leeds General Infirmary, where surgeons hope to correct the defect.
The family, of Swift Way, Sandal, could be contacted any time and given 12 hours’ notice of the operation.
Her mum, Emma Hardy, said Lily would have to spend weeks in intensive care and then be off school for up to three months.
She said: “The operation is going to be the biggest thing ever for us.
“They will repair a hole and take an extra muscle away. Lily might need more surgery when she’s a little bit older.”
Lily sent the Queen a letter as part of a school project to mark the jubilee.
Mrs Hardy, 37, said: “She asked me if the queen would like it if she sent it to her.
“She got back a thankyou letter with photographs of the Queen through the ages.
“I think it’s a really nice gesture because she must have got thousands of cards and letters.
Mrs Hardy said she was concerned that the specialist centre where Lily will have the operation could close after a review of NHS hear services.
The closure would see poorly children from Wakeﬁeld having to travel to Liverpool or Newcastle for treatment.
Mrs Hardy added: “We just hope something can be done to keep it open.
“The nearest place after Leeds would be Liverpool or Newcastle. Any after care and further appointments in the coming years will be there if the Leeds unit closes.”