Iain Norrie Announced As Heart Hero Winner

Wed 8th May 2024

When we announced our Rangers Heart Heroes competition back in February, inspired by our partnership this season with the British Heart Foundation, we had no idea just how many fans would come forward with incredible stories about the Heart Heroes in their lives.

We were overwhelmed with the response and proud to have so many inspiring fans raising funds and awareness and fighting heart disease with bravery and dignity.

young boy with Xmas jumper with Butland and BarasicIt was incredibly difficult to choose between all the Heart Heroes nominees. The judging panel included Rangers players Connor Goldson and Victoria Esson, as well as staff from the Foundation and the British Heart Foundation, and they had a tough task to select just one winner.

However, everyone involved agreed that Iain Norrie was a very worthy winner and we are incredibly proud to announce that he is our Rangers Heart Hero.

Iain is only 8 years old but has already undergone 20 surgeries in his short life, the first at only 48 hours old.

He has a rare genetic disorder called Kabuki syndrome which affects him both physically and intellectually.

Iain’s Mum Nicola nominated him for the award and explained that his infectious personality and determination has helped him come through so much and has touched the hearts of everyone around him.iain Norrie

“Despite his condition, Iain is a bright, engaging and capable wee boy and has defied all the odds and challenges that he has faced in his life so far,” commented Nicola.

“He has the most infectious personality and he doesn’t let anything hold him back.  Throughout all the challenges he has faced, he never complains.”

Iain’s first heart surgery was at 4 weeks old and he has had 6 open heart surgeries since, as well as other cardiac investigative procedures under general anaesthetic.

Unfortunately, none of the early procedures could cure Iain’s heart problem. As Iain’s condition was life limiting, his family could only pray that medical advancements and the skills of the cardiac professionals working at the Royal Hospital For Children in Glasgow (which the Foundation also supports) would come up with a solution to repair the problem.

Iain norrie and familyIn 2023, a crisis point was reached in Iain’s health and he was put forward for a further surgery which would hopefully repair his heart.  Sadly, after 14 hours in theatre, a decision had to be taken to leave his heart partially repaired and subsequently it became apparent that the surgery had failed.

Nicola explained: “6 weeks later Iain was deteriorating and had to return to the operating theatre for what would be his last chance, as his sternum had already been opened 5 times and this was the last time they were able to do it.

“Thankfully, his surgery was successful. His surgeon managed to repair the holes and performed a modern-day miracle along with his amazing team.

“Despite a slow recovery, which included intensive care, physio and even a stroke, Iain overcame every setback and has made slow and steady progress.”

“He still has a way to go in the recovery of his heart but is doing remarkably well considering all his body has gone through in the last year he continues to amaze us.”

Iain is now back playing football and rugby and following his beloved Rangers.   He recently signed up to take part in the Foundation’s Autism Friendly Football and is loving the sessions. He is thriving at school and enjoying time with his friends.

“Iain is the most incredible little boy,” added Nicola, “His enthusiasm for life and determined spirit would put most healthy people to shame. He is an inspiration to many and admired by everyone around him for his strength and courage.”

Iain will be presented with his prize, a signed shirt from the First Team Squad, at half-time at the game against Dundee on Tuesday 14 May and will no doubt receive a very warm welcome from the Rangers support!


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