Dimitri sleeping in his hospital cot
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Heart surgery saves Dimitri

Dimitri was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). It was diagnosed after birth due to him having a significant heart murmur. Dimitri was diagnosed at 1 week of age with severe aortic stenosis, a unicuspid aortic valve and a severe leak of his aortic valve. Our cardiologist told us if he had not been diagnosed we would have lost him before his first birthday.

He underwent his first of possibly many open heart surgeries at just 5 weeks of age. The staff at RCH were absolutely amazing and so supportive. If it wasn’t for the nurses in both PICU Rosella and Koala I wouldn’t have been as strong as I was. Even though we were going through COVID times, the nurses were always there.