Brave Hearts

Brave Hearts connects families of children with congenital heart defects, provides resources to support their heart journeys and advocates through fundraising for future advancements in heart care at Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine.

Hospital Support

Facing a heart disease diagnosis can be overwhelming. Brave Hearts reaches out to families while they are in the hospital to let them know that they are not alone and to provide support.

Community

Brave Hearts connects families to others’ shared experiences through a variety of activities.

Giving Back

Brave Hearts families understand more than anyone how important it is to have advanced heart care close to home. That’s why we helped make the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Norton Children’s Hospital possible with fundraising efforts through the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation. Brave Hearts currently is raising money to establish an endowed chair in honor of Erle H. Austin III, M.D., whose work at Norton Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville has saved hundreds of children’s lives over the years.

Connect With Brave Hearts

We understand the value of connecting with other families who have a shared experience. The community of Brave Hearts families is here for you, in both the Louisville and Bowling Green areas.

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Girl with rare form of long QT syndrome thriving after specialized heart care

Parents Lena and Sixtus Iwu say that looking at their 5-month-old daughter Eleanor, you wouldn’t know what she’s been through with a congenital heart condition. The growing, active child born in December has a rare […]

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Twin gets pacemaker for congenital heart block

The Jackson family discovered the first surprise of their second pregnancy at their scheduled 14-week appointment: They were having twin boys. A few days before Christmas 2017, the family went for the 20-week anatomy scan, […]

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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, […]

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Helping kids avoid and overcome infections after transplants

Victoria A. Statler, M.D., works hard to educate children undergoing transplants on ways to avoid potentially dangerous infections. She also treats them when they do get sick. Children receiving transplanted organs or bone marrow take […]

Read Full Story

Rare congenital heart disease treated through combination of surgical techniques

Alyssa Claycomb considers her first two children “healthy as horses.” So during her pregnancy with her youngest child, Cayden Horton, the thought of congenital heart disease never entered her mind, let alone a very rare […]

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