Prom night is extra special for Trowbridge teenager

This Is Wiltshire: Kelsey James at the John of Gaunt Year 11 prom Kelsey James at the John of Gaunt Year 11 prom

Trowbridge teenager Kelsey James had more reason than most to celebrate at her Year 11 school prom, after having a heart transplant when she was just 14 months old.

Miss James, of Azalea Drive, had the operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London as a baby, after suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart becomes weakened and enlarged and struggles to pump blood.

The 16-year-old, who goes to John of Gaunt School, is now healthy and was one of many pupils celebrating the end of their secondary school education at Leigh Park Hotel in Bradford on Avon last Friday,

She arrived at the prom in style in a Marcus Manta vintage car, worth around £40,000, which is owned by a friend of the family.

Miss James, who is going on to study horse care and management at Lackham College, said: “It was a really good evening and I was dancing all night long. It was quite emotional everyone being together one last time.

“Having my operation so young has made me more resilient and I tend to just get on with things. It doesn’t really affect me any more and I’m now hoping to be a vet when I’m older.”

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