Heart of Gold
The “Heart of Gold” edition was created to raise awareness and much needed fundraising for the HeartKids organisation.
8 babies a born with heart conditions EVERY DAY. Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is the most common birth anomaly, affecting 1:100 babies.
CHD is the leading cause of death in Australian babies.
HeartKids provide life long support for children, and their families.
Christian was born with multiple congenital heart defects, having been diagnosed in uteri he has congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (CCTGA), a small vsd, a second degree heart block (now progressed to full block) and dextrocardia.
The vsd closed up shortly after birth. However the CCTGA, the heart block and the dextrocardia can never fix it’s self, it’s something he will live with his whole life, however long that may be.
Christian faces having a pacemaker put in, as he now has a full block, he also is at risk of heart failure. Every day is a blessing, every day we know how lucky we are to have a Heartkid!
There is no known way to prevent CHD, the cause of heart defects are complex and largely unknown.
There is treatment – but there is no cure.