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Boy with heart disease is ‘First person on saturn’

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Written by Brainer11 | Published in Science
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27May

 

A 7-year-old with congenital heart disease became the first person to visit Saturn, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a little virtual reality magic. Zayden Wright, 7, of Georgia said his biggest dream was to visit outer space because he was always fascinated with the stars, planets, and astronauts. Despite the impossible demand, Make-A-Wish Georgia was determined to make it happen. Wright said she had a conversation with her son to find out what he thinks space would look like.

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The 7-year-old had no idea she recorded his entire vision, and sent the tape to a team, which included a former astronaut, who would redesign space in virtual reality in accordance of what the boy wanted to see. After almost one year of planning, Zayden was invited to put on his space suit, strap into a model rocket, put on his VR headset, and explore space.

Zayden was diagnosed with three different heart defects just days after he was born prematurely in an emergency C-section and ever since, he’s had three open heart surgeries and regular doctor’s appointments. Although his surgeries have been a success and his heart is now in better shape, he will never be able to play sports because of the condition.

 

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