Freeman Hospital heart surgeon named a winner in prestigious WellChild Awards

Leading children's heart surgeon in the North East has won a national award in recognition of his outstanding work in the region

Dr Asif Hasan
Dr Asif Hasan

Asif Hasan, who is a consultant paediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, has been named a winner in the prestigious WellChild Awards, in association with GlaxoSmithKline.

He was picked from hundreds of nominations from across the UK to win the category of Best Doctor in the awards, which celebrate the courage of children coping with serious illnesses or complex conditions. Mr Hasan was honoured for his dedication in helping sick children and their families – going the extra mile to assist patients.

The consultant specialises in heart transplants and other heart operations. He will receive his award at a high profile ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel next month, which has previously been attended by many of WellChild’s celebrity supporters, including Royal Patron Prince Harry.

One of those to nominate Mr Hasan was Tracy Pears, whose daughter Abbie is living with the rare condition hypoplastic right heart syndrome, where only half her organ is working.

Tracy, of Durham, said: “I nominated Mr Hasan, not for just saving my daughter’s life, but for all of the children this man saves. He never gives false hope and gives you the facts of the procedure he is about to undertake, but if he thinks there is the slightest chance of him being able to improve that child’s life he will do it.

“Thanks to his great skill as a surgeon he has saved so many children’s lives. He is a very talented man who deserves to be recognised and know how much he is appreciated by so many of his patients and their families.”

Prince Harry said: “With hundreds of nominations received from across the country, the difficult job of choosing winners in all WellChild Award categories is given, each year, to an esteemed panel of judges.

“That panel consists of leading health professionals and others with an interest in children’s health and includes children and young people who face serious illness themselves.”

WellChild’s Director of Programmes, Linda Partridge, said Mr Hasan truly deserves his award. She said: “It is a tremendous challenge to select winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations we receive from all over the country.

“All the panel members are moved by the bravery of the children, the stories of selfless care and support and the dedication of the doctors, nurses, teachers, brothers and sisters who make a great difference to the lives of sick children.”

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