POPPY SMITH

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4 Cran­bourne East

FROM the time she was 20 weeks’ preg­nant, Amelia Smith knew her un­born child faced three ma­jor heart op­er­a­tions. Poppy, now 4, has hy­poplas­tic left heart syn­drome, a de­fect that means the heart can­not prop­erly cir­cu­late blood. Three op­er­a­tions are needed to cor­rect the left side of the heart: the first is a mat­ter of ur­gency; the third is per­formed around age three or four. De­liv­ered at the Royal Women’s Hos­pi­tal in Au­gust 2012, Poppy was op­er­ated on at the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal 36 hours later. The sec­ond was at 13 weeks and the third was a month ago. All were very suc­cess­ful, as was re­cov­ery from a very bad case of peri­car­dial ef­fu­sion — fluid around the heart. Poppy has sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion for her spe­cial scar: “I am a heart kid — you are not.”

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