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

Harley 2 years old Loves: Doing Yoga at daycare

Harley's heart journey began when her parents Greg and Amy went for their first 12 week scan. Her nuchal measure came back thicker than normal. Blood tests were done and when the results came back they were told there was a 1 in 5 chance of having a Down syndrome child or the possibilities of other syndromes.

When Amy was 17 weeks pregnant it was then discovered Harley had a blocked bowel and a hole in her heart.

Harley was born at 37 weeks and had surgery the day after she was born to repair her bowel and then at 5 weeks old she underwent open heart surgery to repair the hole in her heart.

She was in hospital for 7 weeks and it was during this time that Heart Kids started supporting the family and made many visits to Harley, Amy and Greg. Harleys heart is currently working well and she won’t need to see the cardiologist until she is 5.

According to her parents Harley is strong, fierce, and so much fun. She isn't old enough to understand her journey and what she overcame. However, when she is old enough they can’t wait to share with her how amazing she was and what she has been through. For Amy and Greg their advice to other heart families facing surgery is “take one day at a time. It's not normal but it's your new normal, so embrace it”.


Open-heart surgery at 5 weeks old.

Days in Hospital

Harley spent 7 weeks in Hospital.

Future - Promising

Harley is strong, fierce, and so much fun.

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