Heart In the media

Harefield heart patient Andrew Britton and his wife Lauren have named their ‘miracle’ child after Andrew's surgeon, Mr Fabio De Robertis.

While on honeymoon in the Maldives, Andrew developed myocarditis - a viral infection that leads to inflammation and damage to the heart. After numerous cardiac arrests, he was fitted with a defibrillator.

As his heart was failing, he went on to be fitted with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) while waiting for a heart transplant.

The couple's son, Frank Fabio, was born in October 2014 following Andrew’s successful heart transplant in 2013.

Lauren Britton said:

"We've named Frank Fabio after Mr Fabio De Robertis - the amazing surgeon at Harefield Hospital who saved his life. Harefield Hospital were just incredible, they saved Andrew, and were always there for us - they gave me my husband back. It was important to Andrew and I that we name our son after his surgeon. He saved Andrew's life and if it wasn't for him, Frank Fabio wouldn't be here. We can't thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Harefield Hospital enough. They have been incredible."

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Mr Fabio De Robertis

Consultant cardiac and transplant surgeon