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Zaire’s superpowered heart: ‘I am Iron Man’

Zaire, who had surgery for scimitar syndrome, poses in Boston Children's rooftop garden.
PHOTOS: SOPHIE FABBRI/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

What do a 4-year-old from Brockton, Massachusetts and Marvel’s superhero Iron Man have in common? A lot more than you might think.

Iron Man faces a heart injury that nearly kills him, but creates a suit of armor that protects his heart and gives him superpowers. Zaire was born with scimitar syndrome, a rare condition in which the heart grows differently than normal. While he wears no armor, Zaire has developed his own superpowers — boundless energy and a super dynamic personality — after undergoing a new procedure to fix his heart at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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