Calum's Truncus Arteriosus

Calum

I’ve had a lot of operations. I’ve spent lots of time in hospital.

When I was born Mum wanted to take me home but she couldn’t because I had a heart condition the doctors didn’t see very often.

I had an operation when I was ten days old.

It took seven hours and Mum and Dad had a shock because I came out with my chest still open because my heart and lungs had swelled up.

I needed more operations when I was four and six.

I don’t like it when I have to keep having more operations, but I am dealing with it.

This year has been better. I missed my last two school sports days because of my operations but I took part this year.

I came last in lots of the races but I didn’t mind. I still loved it.

Mum said I had the biggest smile on my face.

I love football and tennis. When I went to a football party with my friends I scored a goal. It felt like I’d scored in the World Cup.

I know I’m going to need more operations because I have a special heart. Sometimes I wish I had a normal heart like my brother and sister. But I know other kids like me and I’m not alone.

I’ve missed a lot of school but I still love being there.

Calum starred in our recent TV advert for Wear It. Beat It.

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