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

A soldier’s battle

Jesse 2 years old Loves: His bunny

Jesse’s first night was no different from many other new babies – Mum and Dad spending most of the night staring at their brand new addition and listening to him breathe.

It all changed the next day when Jesse was rushed to Starship Hospital with low blood oxygen levels. Surrounded by about 20 doctors and nurses, it was soon discovered that Jesse had a life threatening Congenital Heart Defect (Transposition of the Great Arteries). Immediate, life-saving surgery was needed, followed by open-heart surgery when Jesse was just 6 days old.

Jesse’s parents are unsure of what the future holds, but Jesse seems to be thriving and loves getting up to mischief as only toddlers can.


Emergency surgery before Jesse was even one day old. Open-heart surgery when he was just 6 days old, during which Jesse was put on heart bypass.

Days on life support

Jesse spent the first 2 ½ weeks of his life at Starship Hospital. Ten of those days were in the critical care unit on life support.

Future - Promising

Jesse will need to be monitored for the rest of his life. Additional surgeries may be required if any complications arise. He may not be able to participate in competitive sports like other kids, but so far he seems like a happy one year old.

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