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Uploaded on Jan 28, 2011
Malachi's heart began to fail before he was born. His mother underwent an emergency c-section to keep him alive. He spent two months on medication at SickKids, but it couldn't prevent his fragile heart from failing once again. He was admitted to the Critical Care Unit and put on life-saving support. His only hope for survival was a new heart.
Luckily, just two weeks later, a heart became available for transplant. Malachi underwent surgery and began to improve. While he did suffer a minor case of rejection one year later, he's been in good health ever since.
Malachi is the face of the 2011 winter SickKids Lottery. His story represents the 100,000 children treated at The Hospital for Sick Children each year who benefit from the Lottery's support of Foundation and Hospital programs.