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Battle for Will

By Clive Mathieson

This article first appeared in The Weekend Australian Magazine, September 29-30

The Australian
After 11 hours in theatre, Will is alive – but the operation has not gone smoothly. Picture: Clive Mathieson
Will is…

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Our Miracle Baby & HeartKid, Xavier

The birth of a premature and critically ill child was overwhelming and traumatic.
Watching our baby struggle for life brought inconceivable highs and lows and was an extremely difficult time for us all.

This is my story of our second ch…

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Aron Mastoi

My twin boys Aron and Zak was born born on the 25th of July 2007 at 32 weeks gestation. Doctors found a heart murmur with Aron, but luckily Zak didn’t. Because of Aron’s murmur, we had regular checkups with the paediatrician at the Mercy.

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Andrea’s story

Our baby boy Andreas Alexander whose name means manly warrior was born after a stressful pregnancy where I was put on home rest for the first 6 months of the pregnancy.

The day he got sick started off as any normal day except that I …

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Chelsea Mason

Our Heartkid: Chelsea as told by her mother Kate Mason
Having 2 girls already, we were pleasantly surprised to find out our 3rd planned pregnancy was twins, and yes, 2 more girls! Our world soon began tumbling down when one of our twins wa…

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Alex Pellegrino

All grown-up and ready to help all the ‘sick kids’: as told by his mum Helen.

5 year old Alex had open heart surgery when he was just 8 days old, fast forward 5 years and Alex is turning out to be one of HeartKids youngest and most e…

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Lucy McCahon

As told by her parents Anne and Matthew
Born May 3, 2010

Our journey is one of hope, perseverance, sacrifice, talent and love. Lucy is an example of hope that a child born with severe CHD can receive unbelievable treatment in Australia …

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Jensen Ashby – Our Little Miracle

I never imagined that I would have another baby, so when my test came back positive I was thrilled…scared but thrilled! It had been 14 years since my last baby, who was born completely healthy with no complications and I just assumed …

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Makayla Tyrrell

Makayla’s mother discovered something was amiss with her pregnancy during her 20 week ultra sound which showed her child had a major heart defect. Whilst she was given options to terminate the pregnancy she chose to keep her baby. On …

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Elizabeth’s journey

My name is Effie Heldzingen and I have a Heartchild called Elizabeth.
Elizabeth was born at St George Public Hospital on 9th November 2005
Her doctors noticed our baby was distressed and they decided at 8 ½cm dilated that I have an e…

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