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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.
As a result of key advances in prenatal care and imaging, many heart problems are detected during pregnancy. If your child has been diagnosed with congenital heart disease, the Fetal Cardiology Program and Advanced Fetal Care Center team has the expertise and experience to help you through this difficult time. When you come to Boston Children’s, you will be seen by a team of cardiologists, nurses and other specialists who have experience with the many problems that can affect infants before birth and who understand how this can impact your whole family.
From the moment you step into our clinic to the day of delivery, we’ll do everything we can to make sure that you and your baby receive the best possible care.
Wayne Tworetzky, MD, leads the Fetal Cardiology Program at Boston Children's Hospital
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At Boston Children’s, our treatment is informed by our research. This means that your baby is supported by our cardiovascular researchers, who are intensely focused on improving our understanding and treatment of heart defects and disorders that affect unborn infants and children after birth. Our clinical and basic scientists work together to quickly move discoveries to the bedside so you have access to the most advanced care possible.
In 2001, cardiologists at Boston Children’s performed the first successful fetal cardiac intervention in the country. We have now performed over 185 fetal cardiac interventions.
Our team cares for your infant before birth and throughout his or her entire life, with one primary cardiologist managing each child’s treatment. We achieve superior outcomes, even in the most complex cases. Survival of the newborn is our primary goal, but our overall objective is to help each infant become a child with a normal physiology who can look forward to a long, healthy life ahead.
When an expectant parent is prenatally diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, they experience a range of emotions. It is very difficult for a family to comprehend and retain the information that they learn during a fetal cardiology consult. Recognizing that parents are not likely in the right frame of mind to fully grasp a lot of information at their initial visit, we have created standardized educational materials. Terra Lafranchi, NP-C, our Fetal Cardiology coordinator, authored An Expectant Parent’s Guide to Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Other Single Ventricle Defects. Request a copy.
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.”