Heart Center Patients :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Our Patients: The Heart of What We Do

The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's realizes that emotional support is every bit as important as medical treatment. That’s why we want you to meet some of our patients and their families. Like you, they are dealing with the daily challenges of living with a heart condition.

View our patient stories by conditions:

Complex Congenital Heart Disease | Fetal and Newborn Heart Disease | Heart and Chest Surgery | Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology | Heart/Lung Transplant | Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease


Complex Congenital Heart Disease

Bennett was born with complex congenital heart disease - including ventricular septal defect (VSD), dextrocardia and congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries - and received a rare double switch operation.



Fetal and Newborn Heart Disease

Avery was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and came to Nationwide Children's Hospital for the Hybrid Procedure to fix her heart.


Heart and Chest Surgery

When Andrew was three years old, it was clear that a heart transplant was necessary. His family chose Nationwide Children's Hospital because of our Bloodless Surgery program.


Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology

Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Matthew came to Nationwide Children's Hospital for the Hybrid Procedure.

Mark was born with Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia, which is a congenital heart defect made up of 4 problems and results in not enough blood flow to the lungs. Watch his full story.

Claire has a heart rhythm disorder and, in 2011, she had a sudden cardiac arrhythmia and fainted during swim practice. Dr. Naomi Kersetz implanted an internal cardiac defibrillator to now monitor Claire's heart.

Parker was just a few months old when he was rushed to Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Naomi Kertesz performed a life-saving procedure on Parker and today, he is a happy, healthy little boy.


Heart/Lung Transplant

Brandon Woods was born with a heart defect. His family was able to manage his condition with medication until the age of 5, when they learned it was time for a new heart.

Esmeralda was born with a very rare disorder called Antisynthetase Syndrome and was in dire need of a lung transplant. Her doctors decided to send her to Nationwide Children's Hospital.


Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Mark Morris received a pulmonary valve replacement at Nationwide Children's Hospital in 2012. The procedure fixed Mark's heart, therefore he was able to avoid multiple open heart surgeries. In this video, Mark was back for his follow-up appointment one year later. Watch his full story.

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