One year old Lukus Clemson endured open-heart surgery when he was four months old. He is pictured with his devoted parents Danielle Holman and Angus Clemson.
One year old Lukus Clemson endured open-heart surgery when he was four months old. He is pictured with his devoted parents Danielle Holman and Angus Clemson. Robyne Cuerel

Little battler Lukus shows plenty of heart

BABY Lukus Clemson was only a week old when his young parents found out he needed open-heart surgery.

"He was breathing really quickly - a lot faster than the other babies," mother Danielle Holman said.

"A heart-echo ultrasound of his heart showed Lukus had a 5mm hole in his heart."

Extreme surgery cut open the newborn's ribcage and allowed surgeons to access his heart and stitch the hole.

Lukus made a full recovery and is now as vibrant and vocal as any of his peers.

"In Australia, there's six babies born every day with a heart defect," Ms Holman said.

The Hervey Bay couple is volunteering their time this month to support the Heartkids Awareness Month campaign.

Lukus Clemson, 1, has fully recovered from open-heart surgery and is now as vibrant and vocal as any of his peers.
Lukus Clemson, 1, has fully recovered from open-heart surgery and is now as vibrant and vocal as any of his peers. Robyne Cuerel