Tiny Kaden Probst is just 6, yet he needs a new heart.
The North Shore boy is likely to become New Zealand’s youngest heart transplant recipient. The youngest so far, since Greenlane Hospital introduced the remarkable surgery to New Zealand in 1987, was 8.
“He’s got the best chance of growing from a transplant,” said Kaden’s father, Darren. “Putting on weight, getting involved in sport, being able to do things he’s never been able to do before would be just amazing [as would] being able to get up the slide [on his own].”
Kaden was born with what Auckland City Hospital transplant cardiologist Dr Peter Ruygrok describes as a “twisted, scrambled heart”.