Generation Grit: Beneath that smile beats a heart of courage

At the age of 22, Mr Kevin Wong suffered from heart failure. Then he had two strokes, one of which impaired his language abilities. Life finally got better when he had a heart transplant in 2017.
Despite going through many setbacks, including two strokes in 2016, Mr Kevin Wong chose to focus on goals within his control, such as working hard at rehabilitation and thinking positive. After four years and two months, he received a new heart.
Despite going through many setbacks, including two strokes in 2016, Mr Kevin Wong chose to focus on goals within his control, such as working hard at rehabilitation and thinking positive. After four years and two months, he received a new heart.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

At the age of 22, Mr Kevin Wong had the heart of an old man that only a transplant could cure. He tells The Straits Times what kept him going, when years passed and no donor heart was in sight, in this series about millennials who inspire us.

Mr Kevin Wong, 29, is not one to dwell on his woes.

But the 15cm-long scar that runs down his chest is a permanent reminder of when his heart failed and of the long ordeal that followed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2019, with the headline 'Beneath that smile beats a heart of courage'. Print Edition | Subscribe