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Stroke in children and infants present unique challenges to parents, caregivers and researchers,

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Kids With Heart are local heart/stroke-survivors, serving as ambassadors for the American Heart Association.

Through sharing their story and encouraging others to support Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart, they are helping the American Heart Association build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Some of these ambassadors may already be in your school or community.  Meet our Kids With Heart and read their inspirational stories of hope.

Find out more about Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart.

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Michael H KWH 

Meet Michael from Great Bend, Kansas

Right now I am an 11 year old boy with many limitations, but I just have to make the best of them.  I am lucky to be alive!  I can not play contact sports, can not be forced to run, and can not play any competitive sports.  Extreme heat and cold also are bad for me. 

But there are other activities that I can do and I've just had to learn my limitations.  I do not think I will have to have any more surgeries, but the procedures they have done are fairly new with the oldest patient probably only in his 40’s. 

At 6 days old, I had my first surgery. This procedure was called the BT Shunt.  They placed a shunt in my heart to reroute my blood.  At this time I was told my heart was as tiny as an acorn, which is amazing that a heart so small can be operated on.

At 3 months old they had to enlarge my atrial septum from 2mm to 14mm.  From that point on, every time I went back they called me the miracle baby.  Read more about Michael's story

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Michael's 1st surgery
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Michael's 2nd surgery