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Every child deserves to live a healthy, active life. When a congenital heart defect gets in the way, turn to the team of healthcare experts with the Congenital Heart Center at Levine Children's Hospital, in Charlotte, NC.
Our patients are living, breathing testimonials to the expert care of the Congenital Heart Center. Here are some of their stories:
Annabelle was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) before she was born. She had undergone two complex surgeries by the time she was six months old. Now awaiting the third and final HLHS surgery, she is a happy 2-and-a-half year old, who loves creating works of art and cruising the driveway in her cozy coupe. Read Annabelle's story. Watch Annabelle's Story.
Darrian Bailey was born premature, at 29 weeks, but it wasn’t until after his first birthday that his doctors discovered a serious heart condition. Doctors used a total artificial heart – specifically designed for pediatric patients – to keep Darrian alive until a new heart could be found. Read Darrian’s story.
Victoria has been fighting since birth. Born five weeks premature, she was diagnosed with leukemia at one month old and, while chemotherapy treatment was successful, it left her heart weakened. In 2010, Victoria received a new heart and has been cartwheeling and hosting tea parties ever since. Read Victoria's story.
Katherine is a happy and healthy eight year old. Doctors at Levine Children's Hospital discovered Katherine's congenital heart lesion prior to her birth. At the age of four, she underwent a complicated surgical procedure and has since returned to a normal activity level. Read Katherine's story.
Murphy was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare heart defect that is fatal, if left untreated. With the guidance of the team at the Congenital Heart Center, his parents were able to decide on a plan of care before he was even born. The first surgery took place just days after his birth, starting him on the road to a happy and healthy life. Read Murphy's story.
When Devin suffered cardiac arrest just weeks after his 13th birthday, he became the first pediatric patient in Charlotte to receive an LVAD and the youngest in North Carolina to be discharged with one. Devin's mother says he's proud of the device he'll wear until he gets a new heart via transplant. Read Devin's story.