A Warrior’s Heartbeat

Jack Almeida, 6, born with half a heart, has had three surgeries at Duke Children’s, and is now a vibrant little boy. Here he laughs with his family, including big brother Will, in their Raleigh home.

Jack was diagnosed with hypoplastic right heart syndrome, a severe underdevelopment of the heart, when his mother was 19 weeks pregnant with him. When he was born at Duke Children’s, a special cardiology team was waiting. Jack has since had three open heart surgeries to repair the malformation of his heart.

Today, Jack is a happy and active first grader. Though he gets winded more easily than his peers, he loves to play. He recently joined a competitive swim team. He enjoys reading and learning about undersea creatures. His favorite film is Moana and his favorite television show is Teen Titans. Jack also loves all things Disney, especially Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, and he recently rode his first roller coaster.

Despite his heart defects, Jack only takes two medications a day—one of them is only half a baby aspirin! And luckily, he has his family, particularly big brother Will, to support and encourage him when he gets winded or fatigued from his heart condition. Jack won’t give up however, his warrior’s heartbeat is too strong! Thanks to Duke Children’s and to supporters like you, Jack has a bright future ahead of him.

Thank you for supporting the patients and families of Duke Children’s!

Jackson Almeida, 6, born with half a heart, has had three surgeries at Duke Children’s, and is now a vibrant little boy.

 

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