NINE-YEAR-OLD Max Del Grossi tries to live the life of a regular boy his age, despite having a congenital heart disease.
He has Tetralogy of Fallot, also known as ‘blue baby’ but is a happy, active youngster enjoying soccer, tennis and swimming.
He has had several trips to PMH, including two open-heart surgeries: one when he was aged one and another at four, as well as two other surgeries in-between.
His mother Janine was told Max had a heart murmur less than 24 hours after giving birth.
“Max sees a cardiologist every six months and now and then we are told to come back in a year and we say ‘yay!’,” she said.
“He knows there will be ongoing procedures as he gets older and grows and his body changes.”
HeartKids – of which Max is a member – cares for children, teens and young adults with congenital heart disease.
Perth Symphonic Chorus will support the group on February 4 with Carnivale Spectacular at Perth Concert Hall.
The show features Latin rhythm dance and song, with audience members invited to dress up and join the choir.
To find out more about the event, visit www.perthsymphonicchorus.com.au.