Congenital Heart Defects

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Dr. Martin Bocks and a smiling Mia Wilson

Girl With 10 Percent Chance To Survive Celebrates 10th Birthday

Born five weeks early, Mia Wilson was diagnosed with a rare heart condition that gave her a 10 percent survival rate. During her first year of life, Mia suffered several strokes and cardiac arrests requiring many surgeries and procedures.

Young Vinny stands with a little help from family

Specialized Care for Infants with Heart Defects Keeps Baby at Home

Vinny’s complex congenital heart disease was detected before he was born. Mom and Vinny’s health were followed closely during pregnancy by the Congenital Heart Collaborative’s fetal team at UH Rainbow.

A smiling Abby and her family

Heart Surgery Before and After Birth

After surgery, Abby was a new baby. She had more energy and strength, and her sweet personality really started to shine.

John and Spidey recover from open-heart surgery

Fear of Doctors Turns Into Trust

Sensing young John's anxiety, the doctor stood in the doorway and talked to him from there. At their fourth interaction, he finally allowed her to examine him.

Smiling Clayden recovers from his heart procedure

Less Than a Year Old and Two Major Heart Surgeries

Clayden was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or HLHS, a severe congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.

doctor listens to girl's heart as mother stands nearby

Your Child Has a Heart Murmur: What You Need To Know

In many cases, heart murmurs are not serious and do not affect a child’s health, but in rare cases, the heart murmur can be a sign of a serious condition.

Z with his mother

Quick Action Saves Life of Young Athlete with Congenital Heart Condition

The star athlete, called Z by his friends and family, collapsed in the locker room at the start of halftime.

Dr. James Strainic and baby Nadine

Heart Intervention for Unborn Baby Saves Her Life

Dr. Doaa was halfway through her pregnancy and living out of the country when her doctor told her and her husband that there was a serious problem with her baby’s heart and there was nothing they could do.

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