Schoolgirl Amy Morris is to realise her dream of swimming with dolphins and riding a rollercoaster for the first time.

Because she was born with a rare heart defect, the 12-year-old twice needed emergency surgery and had a pacemaker fitted to her original heart before, in October 2003, she received a life-saving transplant.

On Saturday the Westhoughton High School pupil flies to Walt Disney World in Florida after being chosen for the holiday of a lifetime by the Wish Upon A Star charity, which makes dreams come true for children who have suffered serious illness.

Amy, of Stanley Close, Westhoughton, was nominated by her mum, Tracy, and will travel to Florida with her dad, David, grandparents Marlene and Alan Backburn, 11-year-old sister Danielle and uncle Steven Calderbank.

She said: “I can’t wait. Because of my heart problems I haven’t been able to go on a roller coaster before it will be fantastic.”