10-year-old with chronic lung disease to inspire others
A 10-year-old boy whose chronic lung disease once sent him into a coma is inspiring others with his never-give-up attitude.
Mayim Hartley, of Palmerston North, has been in and out of hospital his entire life, ever since being born prematurely.
In August, his lung problems got so bad he was sent into a 24-hour coma, experiencing one of the worst asthma attacks hospital staff had ever seen.
But Mayim has never let his condition hold him back, competing in triathlons, sports and even parkour.
Impressed by his attitude, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ asked him to help teach and inspire others as a community ambassador.
"We advocate for everyone who has a respiratory condition to live their life to the full and not let their condition stand in their way," Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ spokeswoman Vanessa Searing said.
"We were drawn to Mayim's story because this is exactly how he lives his life.
"He will be a wonderful role model and we're incredibly excited about having him on board."
Searing said Mayim was already an inspiration for others, and the foundation hoped he could inspire even more.
"As more people read about his story, we hope more people will live their life with the same incredibly positive attitude, take part in physical activity, achieve the things they want to, and seek ways to manage their condition as necessary."
Mayim said it had been a surprise to be picked.
"I was not expecting it. It is pretty cool, it will be cool to inspire people and raise awareness."