About The Boy with Two Hearts:
A powerful tale of a family in crisis, and a moving love letter to the NHS.
Herat, Afghanistan, 2000. A mother speaks out against the fundamentalist leaders of her country. Meanwhile, her family’s watchful eyes never leave their beloved son and brother, whose rare heart condition means that he will never lead a normal life.
When the Taliban gave an order for the execution of Hamed Amiri’s mother, the family knew they had to escape, starting what would be a long and dangerous journey, across Russia and through Europe, with the UK as their ultimate destination.
Travelling as refugees for a year and a half, they suffered attacks from mafia and police; terrifying journeys in strangers’ cars; treks across demanding terrain; days spent hidden in lorries without food or drink; and being robbed at gunpoint of every penny they owned.
The family’s need to reach the UK was intensified by their eldest son’s deteriorating condition, and the prospect of life-saving treatment it offered.
The Boy with Two Hearts is not only a tale of a family in crisis, but a love letter to the NHS, which provided hope and reassurance as they sought asylum in the UK and fought to save their loved ones.
Coming to the UK as a refugee at the age of 12, Hamed has had his fair share of challenges growing up during his transition into Adulthood. Over the years Hamed has always aspired to follow his older brother footsteps on making a positive change in the society.
Hamed has learned the key ingredients to break down the perception in society and has become a role model to the younger generation, which was recognized when he was awarded -“Inspiring the next generation”
Making a promise to his brother has been Hamed’s new mission in life to share the story with the wider audience and showcase diversity in a truly unique version. Ensuring his late brother legacy lives on through the journey and re-living his contribution to NHS. Follow his journey as his mission has led to creation of Podcast platform but also having the book turned into a play!