For Stacey and Tahmon Zenzmaier, the prospect of being first-time parents was a new and exciting chapter in their lives.

But at 35 weeks they were given devastating news: their baby boy was unlikely to survive.

Arden was born with congenital heart disease and spent the first eight months of his life at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He was diagnosed with Severe Aortic Stenosis, a condition where the aortic valve is severely narrow. The bloodflow from the left ventricle to the aorta is restricted and Arden's heart was unable to pump blood to the rest of his body.

During his time in Hospital, Arden endured countless procedures, blood tests, echocardiograms, x-rays and blood transfusions. He spent six months in the Intensive Care Unit and another two months on our cardiac ward. After 252 days in Hospital, the Zenzmaier family received the news they had been waiting for – it was time to go home.

This year, the Zenzmaier family are running as part of Team Bandaged Bear in City2Surf to give back to the people who saved their son’s life.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead did so much for us and we will be forever grateful. From all the cardiologists, surgeons, nurses and the Intensive Care Unit, their support for our family through this challenging period meant the world to us. We want them to know that we haven’t forgotten about them, said Stacey and Tahmon.

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