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Each week a lifelong battle awaits 12 little kiwis born with heart defects

A fighter’s battle

Marc 5 years old Loves: Batman

Marc’s Congenital Heart Defect was discovered when he was just 11 weeks old. He needed emergency open-heart surgery to fix his VSD (hole in the heart). It came as a huge shock to Marc’s parents who never expected their healthy looking baby would need life-saving surgery.

Separated from his parents, Marc underwent a seven hour surgery and was put on life support immediately after.

It’s become clear that Marc is one determined little man. Although his heart condition will affect him for the rest of his life, Marc continues to rise to the challenge with the love and support of his family, and the knowledge that Heart Kids will be there every step of the way.


Open-heart surgery at 11 weeks old.

Days on Life Support

Marc spent over a week at Starship Hospital, including four days on life support.

Future - Promising

Marc is a boisterous and happy 4 year old who loves playing with his Batman toys. His parents notice that he tires faster than other kids his age, but try not to let his condition rule his life.

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