At two years old, Chase has already been through more than most, undergoing open heart surgery when he was just two-days-old.
Since then, the toddler from Mackay has had three more serious operations.
At 20-weeks-old, Chase was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS), a rare condition that refers to the underdevelopment of the right side structures of the heart.
Sadly, this is the reality for many Australian parents with eight kids a day born with childhood heart disease in Australia.
Dedicated to supporting kids and families with CHD, whilst funding vital research, HeartKids is dedicated to raising awareness about the issues relating to CHD.
HeartKids CEO, Mark Brooke, said, “Every day in hospitals around the country, soon-to-be parents are receiving life-changing news about their unborn baby, and face the daunting task of having to balance the joy of being a new parent with the knowledge that their child is likely to face multiple operations, including delicate open heart surgery, often within days of being born.
“Our role at HeartKids is to be there for these families as their child faces the gruelling journey of living with a heart defect that they will face for the rest of their life.”
This year, February 14 is Sweethearts Day, a day dedicated to raising funds for HeartsKids charity. Instead of forking out a fortune for flowers, you can support sick children by purchasing blue hearts merchandise.
For more information about HeartKids Sweetheart Day 2017, to make a donation or to fundraise, visit www.sweetheartday.org.au.