Meet the Survivors: Jamie

My name is Jamie Kenningham and I was born with complex congenital heart defects, among others, Pulmonary Atresia. I’ve now had 6 open heart operations during my life, the last being in 2005. I’m so lucky to be alive – I had access to world class care in London. Many of my operations were ground breaking medical advancements, and I am grateful for the amazing care I received. Because my condition was from birth, I grew up with a lot of adversity around my health and realize now how lucky I am to be here.

I moved to Seattle in 2008 after meeting and falling in love with a tall American girl on an 8 hour bus trip in New Zealand! We live in Magnolia with our pets Kai and Toby.

My heart condition shapes the way I look at the world and makes me want to seek ways to give back and help others. I am looking forward to the Gene Juarez fashion show, because I am hopeful that by raising awareness I can help to be an advocate and show that you can not only survive, but thrive, with a complex heart defect. I want to bring hope to someone and give them the confidence to go on and do big things!

Living A Beautiful Life to means having respect and love for everybody. Everyone has their own journey and own path that they are taking and I want to do my best to help people along that path if I can.

See Jamie and our nine other survivors walk the runway at the GJ Fall Event ‘Live Life Beautifully on November 12, 2014 at EMP Seattle. All proceeds benefit The Hope Heart Institute and Northwest heart health education. Tickets are on sale through November 9. Buy your ticket online today at