Ebstein Anomaly, Fontan Procedure, Glenn Procedure, Heart, Ventricular Septal Defect

Wonderfully Typical

As Audrey Sims talks on the phone, her 7-year-old twin boys can be heard enthusiastically enjoying the video game they are playing upstairs. “We picked up video games when the pandemic hit,” Audrey said. “It is something they could do while quarantined and inside. They also like Legos. Luckily, neither of them is ever alone,…

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Arterial Switch Operation, Atrial Septal Defect, Coarctation of the Aorta, Heart, Transposition of the Great Arteries, Ventricular Septal Defect

A routine prenatal ultrasound turns scary, but offers time to prepare for lifesaving heart surgery

For Lauren Fitzmaurice of Owensboro, Kentucky, after 30 weeks of pregnancy, her due date was starting to seem like it was within reach. Pregnant with her second son, Miles, she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, prompting another ultrasound — all pretty normal stuff. But Lauren’s local OB/GYN noticed something not normal, an anomaly that needed…

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Heart, Ventricular Septal Defect

Special Cards fan to lead marching band at halftime in Clemson game

Four-year-old Allen Norton is a ball of energy. He loves dancing, singing, eating ice cream and being active outside. Most of all, he loves the University of Louisville Cardinals. Just ask him and he’ll throw an “L” up and say, “Go Cards!” Allen has an extra chromosome that caused Down syndrome. He also has a…

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Cardiac Catheterization, Cardiomyopathy, Ebstein Anomaly, Fontan Procedure, Glenn Procedure, Heart, Norton Childrens Hospital, Patient Stories, Ventricular Septal Defect

Collaborative heart care helps Indiana boy’s Ebstein anomaly

Audrey Sims’ first clue that her twins’ birth would be complicated came at 14 weeks of pregnancy, when a routine ultrasound found that one of her sons, Aiden, had a blocked lymph node, which can increase the risk of miscarriage. Audrey’s OB/GYN at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana, referred Audrey and her husband, Andrew,…

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Heart, Patient Stories, Ventricular Septal Defect

Ugandan girl to return home happy and healthy after Louisville surgeons repair her heart

Two-year-old Gift Mbwali and her mother traveled more than 7,600 miles from their home in Uganda to Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, where surgeons repaired a heart defect she has lived with since birth. Her family was well aware of the high stakes. Her older brother, Patrick, made the same…

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Heart, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Pulmonology, Ventricular Septal Defect

Cystic fibrosis, then another surprise in first pregnancy journey

Our journey to parenthood started with joy, excitement, a bit of surprise and a whole bundle of nerves. Is anyone ever really ready to be a parent — to see those eight letters, “pregnant” — on a pregnancy test stick? I made my first appointment with Norton OB/GYN Associates, and it felt like time crept…

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Heart, NICU, Patient Stories, Transport Team, Transposition of the Great Arteries, Ventricular Septal Defect

Bowling Green family becomes a ‘Brave Heart family’

The Miller family of Bowling Green, Kentucky, has a reason to celebrate Heart Month every day. Their daughter, Abigail, recently celebrated her first birthday — her “heartiversary” — with family and friends. A year ago, her parents, Amanda and Tim, learned Abigail needed lifesaving surgery to fix defects in her heart — ventricular septal defect…

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