HeartKids is our official charity partner for the People’s Choice Community Lottery. We encourage you to buy tickets for our charity partner when finding it hard to choose a community group to support.
HeartKids is a registered national health charity. Working with health professionals, HeartKids provides lifelong support for those with congenital or acquired heart disease and their families Australia-wide. HeartKids also funds life-saving research, advocates and informs. To date, HeartKids has committed more than $3.5 million to fund research into the causes, treatment and management of childhood heart disease.
About congenital heart disease
Congenital heart disease is one of the leading causes of death of Australian babies under one and one of the most common birth abnormality affecting one in every 100 births. Every day, eight babies are born with congenital heart disease and sadly, four lives are lost each week. There is no known cure. Congenital heart disease is a complex chronic disease requiring lifelong treatment.
Little Maxwell battles congenital heart disease as family rally behind him
Maxwell, nearly two years old, was diagnosed with congenital heart disease in 2019. It was discovered during a 16-week pregnancy scan, which revealed Transposition of the Great Arteries, which was confirmed at 20 weeks. Fortunately his identical twin Leo, and 3.5 year old sister Emily, both have healthy hearts.
Maxwell was admitted into surgery less than 24 hours old and three weeks later underwent a 12 hour open heart surgery for a full repair.
The diagnosis, which included Taussig Bing Anomaly, TGA, DORV, ASO and VSD has impacted the Mitchell family both emotionally and financially.
“We have been separated a lot of as a family and living out of a hospital and travelling to Melbourne for surgery has been expensive,” said Mum Ellen.
HeartKids has supported the Mitchell family as they continue to make visits to the hospital for regular checkups.
“HeartKids has helped up with support and involved us with a community of other families experiencing the similar circumstances,” Ellen said.
The Mitchell family is encouraging all Australians to show their support for kids living with childhood heart disease (CHD) by purchasing a ticket in the People’s Choice Community Lottery.