January 16th 2014

Abdel Raouf is 13 years old, and he has already travelled around the world. Born in Algeria, he underwent cardiac surgery in Belgium only a few months after his birth. Upon his recovery, however, a bacterial infection struck the very spot in his heart that had been operated. Living in Montreal with his family, Abdel Raouf first underwent medical treatment before being quickly operated. His hospital stay proved to be a long one, but the determined teen immediately turned to his favourite sport – soccer – after being released with a clean bill of health.