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Mustard Baby has twice defied the odds

Marina operator Maria Willing

​​​​​​​​​​​​Marina operator Maria Willing pays careful attention to her heart ​health with the help of congenital heart disease specialists​

There is little doubt that Maria Willing has lived up to her name throughout her life.

Born with "blue baby syndrome" in June 1961, Maria was given six months to live.

The syndrome is also known as the transposition of the great arteries – a form of cyanotic heart
disease where the pulmonary and systemic circulation run parallel instead of in a series,
resulting in a low blood-oxygen level. She had two holes made into her heart at only three weeks of age to allow mixing of the blue (non-oxygenated) and pink (oxygenated) blood.