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Today it's been 5 years since my son Matthew's A.V. Canal repair. I remember the nurses: Shannon, Jaime, and Patrick....They were so good with Matthew and with my husband and I.
If it wasn't for Children's Hospital and the Cardiac wing he wouldn't be here. Thank you all for what you have done for us and giving him a chance to grow in front of our eyes! Thank you Dr. Mah, Dr. Baird, and Dr. de Ferranti we owe you the world.
5 years ago today, I placed my one week old son in Dr. Emani's hands to repair his COA. I remember it like it was yesterday, and I'm thankful every day for the care we received at the Heart Center at Boston Children's Hospital.
1 year ago today Dr Baird performed open heart surgery on Cayman. It did NOT slow him down. Today his heart is as good as new and he barely even has a scar. Thank you Dr Baird and everyone on the cardiac floor at Boston Children's Hospital.
Two years ago today we were at Boston Children's Hospital and our daughter, Emily, was having an aortic stent placed. We were told it would have to be replaced by the time she turned 2 (which was last June) but its still in place and working beautifully. We thank God every day for the amazing work of Dr. Gerald Marx and Dr. James Lock.
This weekend we celebrated our beautiful daughter, Mikayla's 1st birthday and that’s thanks to the amazing surgeons and staff on the 8th floor!! Mikayla was born with a rare diagnosis of Pentalogy of Cantrell which included several heart defects.
At the weekly conference for Boston Children's Hospital Heart Center’s Complex Biventricular Repair Program, our highly specialized interdisciplinary team of pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac ICU team and nurse practitioners assess children who would not be candidates for biventricular repair in most other hospitals. We take a very specialized approach in order to find the best method to evaluate, diagnose and treat your child / your patient. This may include advanced imaging or simulation modeling.
We actively attempt to seek out appropriate strategies to maintain or convert your child to biventricular circulation. This approach requires close interaction between specialists in cardiology, surgery, anesthesia, intensive care and nursing to provide comprehensive care to these special children.
Care for your child extends beyond the hospitalization. After returning home, we stay in close contact with local providers and families to continue to monitor the current status of the patient and to help determine next steps in the pathway of care. We also ensure that communication with parents remains consistent and clear and that families have time to answer any questions or concerns they have.
When patients come to Boston Children’s Heart Center with these severe conditions, it is critically important for us to create an accurate roadmap to determine what treatment is needed. To guide us, cardiologists and surgeons from Boston Children’s have been working with our colleagues in industry to develop the methods and techniques that provide the most “real-life” in-depth view of the heart and its valves. While the results of these efforts continue to evolve, our patients are already benefiting from these advanced imaging techniques.
Gerald Marx, MD, Director of ultrasound imaging research at Boston Children's Hospital
Patient being considered candidates for a biventricular repair frequently undergo cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This procedure is non-invasive, safe and does not use any x-ray radiation. It is particularly useful in measuring the size of the ventricles, the amount of blood flow, the position of the heart valves and the suitability of the heart muscle.
Pediatric cardiologists and surgeons at Boston Children’s are developing a program to use 3D printing technology to create models of each patient’s heart based on his / her own imaging tests. This could be used to aid surgical planning and explaining procedures to family members.
“With 3D printing, we’re taking a step that allows experienced doctors to simulate the specific anatomy of their patients and allows the best of the best become even better.”
~ Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, of the Simulator Program
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”