"They’re going to cut me open and take out my heart"
SEAN Druery is feeling nervous, because next month some doctors will decide whether to "cut out his heart".
Sean has a rare heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes his heart muscles to become thickened.
He will spend his 10th birthday travelling to Melbourne, where doctors at the Royal Children's Hospital will assess whether the nine-year-old boy is eligible for a heart transplant.
"I'm not very keen on it," the cheeky Currimundi boy admitted.
"I'm nervous because they're going to cut me open and take out my heart."
Sean said he just wanted to play soccer like his friends. But if he tried to run, he could faint, his mum Sue-Anne Druery said.
His heart doesn't pump blood fast enough, she said.
"It's scary," she said. "You don't know what's going to happen.
"He could go out riding his bike and have a heart attack."
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Sean loved Star Wars, board games and Elvis Presley, but he missed out on a lot, Ms Druery said.
Sean told the Daily's reporter that when other kids were running around in their PE class, he had to just sit and watch. "I would want to play soccer and football," he said. "They actually get to run."
The specialists in Melbourne would assess whether Sean's little body would be able to cope with the surgery, said Ms Druery.
Ms Druery is a full-time carer, and has little income with which to afford her son's treatments and the travel involved in the coming weeks.
She said she was very worried about the future and said any donations from the Sunshine Coast community would be gratefully received.
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The Druerys need $7000 to fund a mobility scooter for their boy and to support Sean while he prepares for heart surgery