Congenital heart defect is a silent killer. It is the top cause of death for infants and children in New Zealand, however those youngsters affected sometimes don't even look sick. Bay of Plenty Times health reporter Jean Bell speaks to a Te Puke mum who fought for surgery for her young boy all the way to Australia.

From the way he almost bounces off the walls, it's hard to believe Cohen Verwey was once so sick he was like a "potato''.

The 4-year-old is anything but as he races around the living room, launching himself on to a couch as

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