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Lessons from a brave kid

Wyatt Berndt passed away peacefully in his Mom’s arms on Saturday, May 16. He was two years old. You may remember reading here in Metro about Wyatt, who had congenital heart disease.

Wyatt spent most of his two years at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In his short life, he had five open heart surgeries, three cardiac catheterizations, and a tracheotomy. He was only 20 days old when he had his first open heart surgery.

“He taught us all how to be brave and strong, and that no matter how bad we think we have it, there is always someone worse off than you,” says Laura Celsie, Wyatt’s aunt. She set up Wyatt’s Warriors to raise awareness of congenital heart defects, as well as money for critical care at Sick Kids Hospital.

This past February, Wyatt’s family was told there was nothing more that could be done for him surgically. They hoped he would be able to enjoy turning two in April, since his first birthday was spent in surgery. Wyatt’s second birthday party — complete with family and friends and cake and balloons — was celebrated in the hospital.

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