birth defects,
childhood heart disease.

You now hold the key to
a potential cure.

Samantha was so excited to find out if she was having a boy or girl.  She had waited so long for this precious moment.

But in an instant, Samantha’s world shattered. 

Samantha recalls her story about Sophie with heartbreak.

She knew something was wrong during the ultrasound.

Her radiographer kept moving back and forth to Sophie’s heart without saying a word. There was nothing but silence.

To her horror, Sophie had a major heart defect - her arteries were around the wrong way (Transposition of the Greater Arteries) and she had two holes in her heart.

Sophie had to have major surgery in the same week she was born.

At the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, a recent double pregnancy breakthrough is nothing short of remarkable.

Until recently, no one could explain why a miscarriage happened or why a baby was born with a birth defect.

But now, after 12 years of research, that has all changed.

In a landmark study, Professor Sally Dunwoodie and her team discovered that low levels of a vital molecule known as NAD can prevent a baby’s organs from developing properly in the womb. It’s this deficiency that is a cause of recurring miscarriages, as well as heart, spinal, kidney and cleft palate problems.

Incredibly, along with the cause they have also found a possible solution. The potential treatment could be as simple as a dose of niacin - Vitamin B3!

Help prevent babies being born with heart disease and birth defects. Currently, there is no test to measure NAD levels in pregnant women. If a diagnostic test is developed, it could be used to identify those who are at greatest risk of having a baby with a birth defect and work out what dose of Vitamin B3 is necessary. 

Will you please donate today? Your gift will help speed up Professor Dunwoodie’s research to develop a test for NAD - a test that could help end the heartbreak faced by thousands of families, just like Samantha’s. 

Little Sophie is lucky to survive. But this is just the beginning of her painful journey.

Sophie’s heart defects mean that she has paralysed vocal chords that make it difficult for her to swallow and leaves her out of breath and very sleepy.

Sophie also has a leaky heart valve and may need another open-heart surgery in the future.

Samantha says, “I don’t want anyone else to go through this. There is so much upheaval. So much uncertainty.”

This research has the potential to prevent thousands of babies just like Sophie from being born with critical heart problems. It could also prevent women from experiencing the heartbreak of miscarriage.

Please donate now - urgently. We need your support to turn this breakthrough into reality and save countless lives.