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The family of a 6-year-old boy who underwent two heart transplants in the United States last year is in a financial crisis after amassing more than 200 million yen in hospital bills.

Masahiko Shinagawa, of Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, was stricken at the age of 2 with a heart ailment that causes the heart’s muscles to harden. He experienced a heart attack in late 1995. His family was told his only hope for survival was in a heart transplant.

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