TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Yazan, a 1-year-old Libyan boy, was born with congenital heart disease. With just one chamber, the organ pumped so little blood that when Yazan cried, his skin turned black....
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — When Chris Donald and Dr. Brandon Lane Phillips were growing up, they had no idea that they'd find a friend, coworker and neighbor who shared not just similar interests but also survived the same ailment.
According to Phillips, they are one of the few — if not the only — physician-nurse teams caring for children with congenital heart disease who are CHD survivors themselves.
"No mom wants to hear that anything is wrong with their baby's heart," Phillips said.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When Teresa Sumner was pregnant with son Rian, she and husband William were told he had congenital heart defects and Down syndrome.
When he was born in 2016, he had a hole in his heart, a collapsed lung and pulmonary hypertension, a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of the heart. Within hours he was placed on cardiac and respiratory life support.
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Two-year-old Bonnie Gandee, who is diagnosed with complicated congenital heart disease, is able to receive specialized heart care from University of Louisville Physicians without traveling the six-and-a-half hour round trip to Louisville.
Instead, her family can make the trip to Ashland — 25 minutes away from her hometown of Pedro, Ohio — where the pediatric cardiologists and staff, in partnership with Kosair Children's Hospital, come every month.