Fifteen-year-old Natasha Feuchuk of North Delta is quick to tell anyone she meets that she has a love for the arts, sciences and reptiles, and overcame a life-threatening heart defect.
At birth Natasha was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect that required her to undergo surgery when she was only 10 weeks old. At age nine, Natasha began to suffer chest pains and tire easily, and doctors determined that Natasha would need another heart surgery. To help ease Natasha’s and her parents’ anxiety, the cardiac team at BC Children’s Hospital carefully explained the steps that would be taken to repair Natasha’s heart and answered any questions they had regarding the procedure.
The surgery was a success, and Natasha recovered sooner than anyone expected. Today Natasha’s health is excellent, and she will not require another heart repair until she’s in her twenties.
Dear Children’s Hospital,
Ever since I had open-heart surgery when I was nine, I’ve wanted to help the hospital continue to keep kids healthy and get them back to normal. A month after I left the hospital, I started fundraising by doing presentations to raise awareness of congenital heart defects. I raised $1,200 from four presentations I did. I helped raise so much more this year by being the child ambassador for the CN Miracle Match. It was a lot of fun. I was very happy to be giving back even more to the hospital after all that the staff have done for me! I’m so happy that the hospital will have more money to fund research, training and equipment for the kids in BC.
Thanks to Natasha Feuchuk and the generosity of thousands of individuals and community groups across the province, a total of $1.8 million was raised last summer through the CN Miracle Match program in support of the hospital’s Excellence in Child Health Fund.