Little Lottie, the youngest Briton to survive a liver transplant, celebrates her first birthday
Lottie clung to life for five weeks until miraculously a donor was found
Lottie's parents couldn't be with her following her life-saving operation after the riots in August last year left the hospital in lockdownLottie's parents have launched a campaign to encourage more organ donors

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16:05 GMT, 6 July 2012

The youngest person in Britain to survive a liver transplant has defied the odds to celebrate her first birthday yesterday.

Lottie Bryon-Edmond was given just hours to live after being born with a rare condition which gave her toxic levels of iron in her liver.

She went straight to the top of Britain’s transplant list and clung to life for five weeks until a suitable donor was eventually found.

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Recovering: Lottie pictured at four months with parents Julie and Chris after the successful transplant

Happy days: Chris and Julie Bryon-Edmond with Lottie

Happy days: Chris and Julie Bryon-Edmond with Lottie

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Lottie shortly after birth when her parents were told she would need a liver transplant. She had the procedure at Birmingham Childrens Hospital aged just five weeks

Surgeons in Birmingham then performed the operation using an extremely rare donor from a live organ.

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Lottie in hospital shortly after birth. Her parents are trying to raise awareness of National Transplant Week

They will celebrate their daughter’s first birthday on Saturday at a grand party with hundreds of friends, family, their local MP and nurses from Birmingham, Bristol and Torquay.

Family friend and Devon musician Nick Tilley has written a song describing the tot’s brave fight for life, called ‘Lottie’s Song – A Gift for Life’.

Both the party and song, which is available on iTunes, are to raise awareness of National Transplant Week, which begins on Monday.

Delighted Julie said she was left 'crying all weekend' after first hearing the single about her special girl.

She added: 'Everybody loves her and she really is such a sweet little girl – she never stops smiling.

'To get through what she has been through is just amazing. She is really wonderful.'

‘Lottie’s Song – A Gift for Life’ will be available to download on iTunes, Amazon and all major download sites today.