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Meet The People We Help

Whether you are a child, teenager or adult with congenital/childhood heart disease, or a family member or carer, we are here to support you on your entire life journey.

With 8 babies born every day with congenital/childhood heart disease, and with some cases being discovered in adulthood – the majority of Australians would know someone impacted. Even if they don’t realise it.

Meet just some of the strong and inspiring people that have HeartKids by their side, by reading their stories below.

    

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    Riley's Story

    Our pregnancy with Riley was a blessing following the unexpected loss of our oldest son Daniel to CHD at the age of 7. At our 20 week scan, Riley was diagnosed with Double Outlet, Hypoplastic Right Ventricle, Ventricular Septal Defect, (VSD), Pulm ...

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    Holly's Story

    Holly Saunders was born on Australia Day in 2003 at Randwick. We travelled a long way from home for her arrival as she had a special heart and needed to be close to specialist medical teams that could provide her with the best help should it be requi ...

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    Ashlee's Story

    I was diagnosed with a hole in the heart and pulmonary stenosis when I was just a tiny baby; after the Doctor picked up a heart murmur whilst investigating why I had blue lips and low weight gain. My parents said all I did as a baby was feed (very li ...

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    Phoebe's Story

    Born with TGA & VDS I was diagnosed at 24hrs old after I was flown to the Royal Children’s Hospital from my rural hospital. On Christmas day 1997, my cardiologist performed a Balloon Septostomy due to my heart stopping. On February 14th 1998 I underw ...

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    Zaviyar's Story

    Zav is 6 years old and has Renpenning Syndrome which is a rare genetic condition. Along with many complex health issues, we are ever so proud to call him our amazing heart kid! After a complicated yet straightforward birth, we felt something was not ...

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    Elana's Story

    At 24 weeks gestation our baby girl was diagnosed with Congenital heart disease and on the 28th of September 2016 Elana Grace was delivered via caesarean weighing 2.9kg. We knew she had a fight ahead of her but didn't expect how great. She was rushed ...