KAEDYN Williams is lucky to be alive. Six weeks ago it was discovered the 14-year-old Beenleigh State High student's heart was showing signs of failure.
Like his father and younger brother, Kye, Kaedyn has a genetic heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is a disease that affects the heart muscle and can lead to heart failure.
On Monday, October 26, Kaedyn was rushed to hospital when it became apparent that his heart was failing.
According to a family friend, his heart was racing at 180bpm lying down. He was vomiting and in a critical condition.
The decision was made to perform open heart surgery and fit a mechanical heart in order to save his life.
The eight-hour operation was a success but he will now need a heart transplant.
Kaedyn remains in hospital as he recovers from the operation that saved his life but which has also dashed the rugby league hopeful's dreams of playing professionally.
A tremendously talented and passionate league player, Kaedyn is a representative player for two local teams and had been selected for the Broncos' Under-14 Development Team run by Wynnum Manly under the direction of Chris McKenna.
It is unlikely Kaedyn will play league again.
Six years ago his brother Kye became the youngest Australian to receive a heart transplant. The then five-year-old was airlifted to Melbourne with his heart failing and was fortunate enough to receive a compatible heart on Mother's Day.
Kaedyn will fortunately be able to receive an adult heart, as he is a big lad.
A donation drive has been established to raise funds for Kaedyn to make the wait for a donor heart a little less stressful and lift the financial burden placed on single mother Kirsty.
To contribute to this cause go to www.gofundme.com/ke7p2pvw.
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