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Heart Center Patient Stories


Rome's Story

At just 13, Children’s Health patient, Rome has big plans for her life. She’s already a straight-A student, a talented singer and dancer, an accomplished violinist, an active member in her church, and, if you ask her, she’s just getting started.

former patient now Children's nurse in the butterfly atrium

Erin's Story

Erin Hunter, RN, BSN, underwent her first open heart surgery to repair a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot, or TOF for short, when she was just nine months old. She was referred to Children’s Medical Center by her physician after her mom noticed she lacked the energy of a typical infant, especially during feedings, and her fingers and lips occasionally turned blue. She would go on to have six additional open heart surgeries by the time she was 11 years old.

Ella’s Story

Ella Burk not only had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, but also suffered from a highly restrictive atrial septum defect. Read more about Ella’s patient story.

Keely's Story

Keely Henry developed a serious abnormal heart rhythm called Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia. Read on for more about this heart condition survivor.

Teddy's Story

Teddy was born with Dextrocardia and a complex single ventricle with pulmonary atresia, a complex heart condition. Read his story of successful infant surgery.

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Stark's Story

Stark's pediatric cardiologist prefers Children’s Health over any other hospital in the area and wanted Stark to be treated there. After a meeting with Dr. Joseph Forbess, division director of Cardiothoracic Surgery and co-director of The Heart Center at Children’s Health, and a tour of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Salem and her husband, Chris, knew it was the only place for Stark.

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Natalie's Story

Libby Bunn from Amarillo found out during a routine ultrasound at 24 weeks gestation that her baby girl had several serious heart defects. Natalie would need treatment for Hypoplastic right heart syndrome, which causes the right side of the heart to be severely underdeveloped, along with tricuspid atresia, Ventricular septal defect and atrial septal defect. Learn and read more about Natalie's story and experience with Children's Health.

London's Story

When Chelsey went to a routine ultrasound to find out the gender, instead the sonographer delivered heartbreaking news. London had several heart defects. Learn and read more about London's story and experience with Children's Health.


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