Campaigners are "euphoric" that NHS bosses have decided not to end lifesaving children's heart surgery at a hospital.

The decision follows a long campaign by parents of children treated at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital, charity Heart Link, MPs and hospital staff.

Gill Smart from Heart Link said it was "the best Christmas present ever".

"Without the people behind us we wouldn't have been able to get this result," she said.

"I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time out to go on the marches and everything, because without their help we wouldn't have achieved this outcome.

"It's the best Christmas present ever, for the children now and the children of the future."

John Adler, chief executive of Leicester's Hospitals, said the mood inside Glenfield was "totally euphoric".

"I'm in the same mindset as everybody here. I'm totally over the moon," he said.

"The future of the unit is secure in a way it hasn't been for 10 or 15 years.

"The future is now in our hands and this decision means that the clinical team can now focus on building a world-class congenital heart service for people across the East Midlands and beyond."

BBC NEWS  - 30th NOV 2017

HOWEVER THIS DECISION IS CONDITIONAL UPON CO-LOCATING ALL CHILDREN'S SERVICES AT LEICESTER ROYAL INFIRMARY AND PLANS ARE BEING DRAWN UP FOR THIS.

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