Stuart Watson

Stuart Watson was born in a small town in New Zealand in 1966 with D-Transposition of the Great Arteries. He had an atrial septostomy at 8 days old, and a Mustard procedure in October 1969 at 2 years and 10 months of age.Stuart led a fairly normal childhood, although couldn’t do much physical activity since stamina was reduced and exertion bought about sickness. Stuart survived multiple supraventricular tachycardia (or SVT), ventricular tachycardia (or VT) and atrial fibrillation (or AF) episodes through his 20s and 30s until 2007, when after massive VT attacks Stuart ended up on the transplant list. His transplant was received March 21, 2009. Stuart has met his donor family and has a great relationship with them. Stuart is a board member for the national charity, Heart Kids New Zealand. He created and runs a support group, which is now the largest single collection of D-TGA adult survivors anywhere in the world. It provides one-on-one support for people going through transplantation.

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