February 14 is not only Valentine’s Day, but also the feast of lovers. A day to help kids like six-year-old Daniel Hill fight congenital heart disease (CD).
Daniel, a Madora Bay resident, was born with a coronary heart disease known as tetralogy of fallot, a complex heart defect that affects normal blood flow in the heart.
After successful open heart surgery at the age of five months and a ballooning procedure at the age of three, Daniel now undergoes regular heart health monitoring at Perth Children’s Hospital.
His parents, Anne and Peter Hill, had the continued support of understanding staff, as well as HeartKids, to help the family from the time Daniel’s condition was diagnosed during the 20-week prenatal checkup. .
“Procedure times were tough, especially with another young child – pre-op was the hardest as he looked so pale and wasn’t allowed to cry due to the risk of affecting his blood levels. ‘oxygen,” Ms. Hill said.
“HeartKids provided incredible emotional support. I really struggled and they were amazing people to have by your side.
“Daniel is now a handsome boy who enjoys maths, swimming and cycling.”
In February 2022, the Hill family is encouraging Australians to help HeartKids by purchasing a special $5 heart bead bracelet to support families affected by coronary artery disease.
The bracelets symbolize the beads that many children with heart disease receive during hospital stays, with each distinctive bead representing a specific challenge, procedure, or treatment.
Full details can be viewed here, https://www.sweetheartday.org.au/