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One-year-old with advanced heart failure hopes for transplant

Father of baby who needs machine to keep his heart beating hopes for a transplant

SHARING: Mr Jeremy Chew hopes to raise awareness of infant organ donation by talking about his son Aiden's condition.
LITTLE FIGHTER: Aiden is now on a second machine that helps his heart pump.

Aiden Chew will turn one on Thursday, and his dad's greatest wish is for him to have a heart transplant.

Baby Aiden has advanced heart failure due to a complication from Kawasaki Disease. A massive heart attack in June had robbed the muscle of its function.

He is now on a temporary heart pump device, and will go for a Berlin Heart operation — the first in Singapore — scheduled in 1½ months’ time.

His mother Mrs Marie Chew, who is in her 30s, conceded that she struggled to come to terms with her first and only child’s condition initially. 

“I wish it happened to someone else, not me,” the full-time caregiver caught herself thinking from time to time.

Four months on, Mrs Chew and her husband Jeremy are just glad that their little fighter is still alive despite all the obstacles.

They have agreed to share their story with The New Paper in hopes of raising awareness for organ donation for children.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 5.

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