Only Research Can Save Chloe
Four Australian children still die from heart disease each week.
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Only heart research can save them.
I wish you could meet Chloe.
I’m sure you’d love her. In many ways she’s a typical three year old girl who adores her dolls, play dough, painting and changing her outfit at least seven times a day.
But there’s an important difference between Chloe and other kids her age.
She’s smaller, and a lot slower.
She tires quickly and can’t really keep up. She can’t even manage walking around the supermarket with her mum and dad.
You see Chloe was born with a serious heart disease called cardiomyopathy. The muscle of her heart is huge, thick and stiff. It doesn’t work properly.
Her mum and dad are desperately afraid – with good reason – that Chloe might be one of the four Australian children who die of heart disease every week.
That’s how serious her condition is.
At this stage, only research can save Chloe.
Right now our researchers are working on a very exciting project that has found a gene mutation that causes thickness and stiffening of the heart.
This is a breakthrough discovery. You see it means that it may be possible to actually turn off the gene responsible for causing heart muscle thickening. It won’t be simple and it would have to be done early in childhood.
This finding has huge implications. Knowing now that this heart thickening is actually genetic but that it may be preventable in childhood changes the whole approach to preventing and treating this disease.
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