Heart recipient still rebounding, 14 years later

THE LANGLEY TIMES | Moniwue Tamminga
At 14, one of Aaron’s favourite pastimes is playing multi-player online games like League of Legends. Since having a heart transplant at one month old, Aaron has had a lot of health challenges, but it hasn’t changed his tight-knit family. Monique Tamminga Langley Times
Fourteen years ago, a Langley baby made front page news of the Langley Times for a very special reason.

Then five months old, Aaron Nuessler and his parents, Corrina and Gerry, had just returned from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children where, at one month, Aaron received a new heart.

Fast forward to today, and Aaron is 14 and a typical teenager who loves YouTubing and playing Minecraft, and hanging out with his older brothers and his friends.

He’s in Grade 8 at Langley Fundamental and is excited for the summer break.

The “warrior scars” on his chest are a reminder of his medical miracle.

Getting a new heart offered Aaron a second chance at life, but that life hasn’t been without its challenges, including fighting cancer at eight years old.

“Aaron’s been through a lot of health challenges throughout his life, even cancer, but even through chemo his heart was a happy camper,” said mom Corinna, seated at the dining room table in their Willowbrook home. Continue reading

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