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#Heartbeat: Heart Hero Ben

Written by: Amanda Lawson  I would like to give you a glimpse into why the heartbeat of my family is so strong. It all begins with the birth of a little boy, many years ago who was born with a broken heart. My husband was born with a Congenital Heart Defect called Transposition of the […]

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Christian the Crusader

Christian the Crusader

written by Jacki Oleskey, Christian’s mother      Our journey began at a 20 week ultrasound that I was at because they had detected fibroids at a previous ultrasound. Before the doctor could even get to that part, we were told that there might be a problem with our son’s heart. We followed up the […]

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Super Trooper Lukas

  written by Lukas’s mother Lukas Hoeft was born June 25th 2013 via c-section. A nurse at Providence Hospital in Novi, Michigan heard a heart murmur shortly after birth. His pulmonary valve was completely fused shut. The doctors were able to administer medication to keep his bypass open that typically closes shortly after birth. He […]

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Courageous & Caring: Heart Hero Jackson

Courageous & Caring: Heart Hero Jackson

written by Stacie Orsini Jackson Thomas (J.T.) Sordi 07/10/03 – 07/26/03 In July of 2001, my husband Roman and I moved to Lewes, Delaware from Pittsburgh, PA to start our life together. He had just finished residency and we were ready to move on to the next chapter of our life. Shortly after our move, we […]

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Superhero with a Special Heart

Superhero with a Special Heart

written by Amy, Alana’s mother Alana was born on July 22, 2011; three weeks before her due date and weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces. She was a healthy baby (or so we thought) and didn’t even need to be in the NICU. We took her home two days later and she had no desire to […]

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Mighty Maximus

Mighty Maximus

written by Ashlen Johnson, Maximus’s father It has been almost 4 years now since the pediatrician first heard the heart murmur. Thinking about it now is pretty remarkable. We had no idea the journey we were about to embark on. Our son Maximus was a growing young kid, in the 90th percentile of everything. We had […]

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A Bionic Heart of Gold

A Bionic Heart of Gold

written by Alaina, Lydia’s mother October 3rd, 2011 started like any other day. I went to work at an acute care hospital in Omaha where I was an occupational therapist. I took a late lunch to go to a 2 pm doctor’s appointment, keeping my pager with me for when I would return later in […]

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Unmapped Territory: Evelyn & Ethan’s CHD Journey

Unmapped Territory: Evelyn & Ethan’s CHD Journey

                      written by Missy McDermott, Ethan & Evelyn’s mom When Keith and I married seven years ago in July of 2009, we had a path mapped out in our minds of what we’d be adventuring through together as husband and wife and as future parents.  We […]

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The World is Your Oyster: Heart Hero Zella Pearl

written by Tammy Denberg, Zella Pearl’s mother Our little miracle baby Zella Pearl was born on 11/20/15 weighing 8lbs 6oz.  She is our little miracle baby because first she is the only baby I have been able to carry to full term.  Lucas and I have battled with infertility for several years and at this […]

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A Mother’s Hero – Heart Hero Taye

written by Cori Bumgardner, Taye’s mother In August of 2013, at our 20-week ultrasound, the doctor told us our baby had a heart condition called Transposition of the Greater Arteries. This news was shocking and scary, as the doctor explained that our baby would need open-heart surgery as soon as he was born in order […]

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