Brave Ruby’s eight-hour op ordeal

Ruby Hunt who is recovering in hospital following a liver transplant. She was due to be the mascot for Brighouse Town this weekend.
Ruby Hunt who is recovering in hospital following a liver transplant. She was due to be the mascot for Brighouse Town this weekend.

Five-year-old Ruby Hunt is recovering in hospital after undergoing an eight-hour transplant operation.

Ruby has always been a lively, fun loving little girl according to her family but at the beginning of the year she became poorly.

Her mum Stacy took her to the doctors with a sickness bug but a few weeks later doctors at Leeds General Infirmary diagnosed Ruby with a tumour on her liver.

Since then she has had five sets of chemotherapy in a bid to shrink the tumour so it could be removed.

But it was decided that it wasn’t working and it was decided that a donor was the best option.

Last Friday Ruby was put on the national register and on Saturday night her dad Andrew got a call to say a match had been found.

Ruby, a pupil at Castlefields Infant School, Rastrick, went into Leeds on Sunday and is now recovering.

Her parents who live in Rastrick have been at her bedside since.

Ruby’s granddad Nigel said: “They were hoping to reduce it and take the bad part away but that has not been the case.

“She was put on the transplant list on Friday and they had found a donor by Saturday. It has been amazingly quick.

“She had the operation and is still coming round in hospital now. She will be in hospital for two to three weeks.”

“It has been a big thing for her but doctors have said the operation went well and they are positive.”

Ruby was going to be the mascot at Brighouse Town’s big game on Saturday against Scarborough to raise awareness for Candlelighters that has provided the family with marvellous support.

“We never thought we would get a donor so quick although we did always say that it would depend how Ruby was feeling on the day of the match.

“The Candlelighters Charity has provided a marvellous support and we would like to try and raise some funds on their behalf at the game and through other charity events in the future.”

For more on Brighouse Town’s match this Saturday see page 48.