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Congenital Heart Defect

What You Don't Know About My Daughter With Special Needs

Mia Carella | Posted 01.20.2017 | Parents
Mia Carella

No, you don't know my daughter, but I wish you did. You are missing out.

#HeartWarrior: Maddy Reyes

American Heart Association - Western States | Posted 08.22.2016 | Healthy Living
American Heart Association - Western States

Maddy Reyes is a 12-year-old Heart Warrior participating in the 2016 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk. She is also a social media ambassador, @MaddyG...

What It Means To Be A Special Needs Parent

Mia Carella | Posted 06.23.2016 | Parents
Mia Carella

Five and a half years ago we were blessed with a little bundle of joy on the morning of Christmas Eve. Our daughter, Evalyn, came into the world as an early Christmas gift for us. She was born with a serious congenital heart defect and struggled after birth.

I am a Heart Mom: What it's Like to be the Parent of Children with Heart Issues

Mia Carella | Posted 02.25.2017 | Parents
Mia Carella

My journey as a Heart Mom began in 2010 when our daughter was born with a serious congenital heart defect (CHD). Within hours, she was transferred to ...

When Life (and Death) Imitates Art

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 02.10.2017 | Healthy Living
Phyllis Sudman

How can a seemingly healthy student just collapse? What are we doing to examine and protect the health of our students? Are we prepared for the next student who collapses? We really don't know much about our kids' hearts.

Know a Congenital Heart Defect Survivor? You Do Now!

Leigh Pechillo | Posted 02.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Leigh Pechillo

While a fetal ultrasound viewing his heart left us with an 85 percent chance his heart was fine, a stethoscope and an astute pediatrician detected a heart murmur when he was born. On his third day of life, Robby was diagnosed with two congenital heart defects.

Have Heart Disease? Don't Be Afraid to Get Help or Ask Questions

Maria Acereto | Posted 02.01.2017 | Impact
Maria Acereto

Growing up in Los Angeles, I never enjoyed physical activity as a child. I got tired quickly and always seemed out of breath. I figured it was because I was "chubby." Actually, it was because my heart was struggling with a rare congenital heart defect.

Working Beside Israelis, This Palestinian Doctor Aims To Treat Everyone

HuffPost France | Sara Elkamel | Posted 12.31.2015 | World

Dr. Ibrahim Abu Zahira doesn't like politics -- but, living where he lives, he can’t really escape it. He is a Palestinian pediatric surgeon, born i...

Baby Girl Takes the School Bus

Rebecca Stoufis | Posted 09.10.2016 | Parents
Rebecca Stoufis

That day arrived, last Friday, October 24th, Katerina announced that she was ready to ride on the school bus! Apprehensively, I asked her if she knew what and where to go once the bus arrived at school. Katerina may have been ready but I sure wasn't!

Would YOU Save a Tiny Heart?

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 08.27.2016 | Impact
Seth Adam Smith

What if I were to tell you that the number one birth defect in America (and one of the leading causes of death) was also one of the least talked about and least researched?

Gianna Dances With the Heart of a Champion

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

"I saw the judges' jaws drop in their seats," she said. "They were like, `This girl already won a title and she just had open-heart surgery?!'"

Musician With Heart Transplant Creates Music That Heals Hearts

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
Seth Adam Smith

Paul Cardall is an internationally acclaimed pianist whose bestselling music is making huge--yet peaceful--waves. His fifteenth album, 40 Hymns for Forty Days recently debuted as the #1 Billboard New Age Album.

To The Momma Of A Critically And Chronically Ill Child

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 05.19.2016 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

You fight for your children when they can't fight for themselves. You hope for them and you stay positive for them, and then run to the bathroom just to cry in the stall where they can't see.

Photo Of Boy After His 12th Surgery Goes Viral, Proves He Should Be Proud Of His Scars

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.15.2015 | Good News

The Internet is helping to give a young boy a big boost in confidence. Carter Gentle of Farmington, Maine, was born with a congenital heart defect...

Can We Go From Around 1 in 100 to 1 in Never?

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

An ambulance ride to their local hospital was followed by a medical helicopter flight to Boston Children's Hospital, where Joseph received the majority of his care. Gina took the chopper; Rob made the longest one-hour drive of his life.

Triumph in the Baja 1000 for the HeartGift Racing Team

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

This is the classic story of how not finishing first -- or second, or third -- or not even technically completing a racing event can still represent a triumph and be a touching story of true grit, determination and, above all, of selfless devotion to a cause.

HeartGift Baja Racing Team Ready for 'Heartful Mission'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

The moment of truth for the HeartGift Baja Racing Team is almost here. The Team is already in Ensenada, Baja California, ready to cross the starting line of the grueling 1,130-mile, 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race tomorrow, November 13.

Not My Day to Die

Heather Hummel | Posted 12.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Hummel

Photo Credit: Heather Hummel Photography On the morning of Oct. 8, 2014, and fresh out of the shower, I stood naked in front of my dresser trying to ...

Pregnancy Time-Lapse Video Shows Parents' Strength Even When Life Throws A Curveball

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents

When newlyweds Rob and Erin Marshall discovered that they were expecting their first child, they decided to make a time-lapse video of one-second clip...

Racing in the 'Baja 1000' to Heal Young Hearts

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

The race tests both machines and humans as it takes place over some of the harshest and most unforgiving terrain in the Baja peninsula, including desert, sand traps, rocks, steep hills, cattle crossings and, yes, even some paved roads here and there.

Melodies of the Heart: Celebs and Massachusetts Family Honor Boy's Legacy Using Powers of Music and Kindness

Jaime Lubin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Jaime Lubin

This weekend wishes did indeed come true here, thanks to the musical talents of Scott Grimes (ER, American Dad!), Bob Guiney, and musician Jay Gore as they rocked out to honor one little boy's powerful legacy of compassion.

Brave: Hearts, Mended

Kristin Shaw | Posted 06.28.2014 | Good News
Kristin Shaw

Paris was half of one of the couples in our circle of friends, and although we suffered the anguish of a failed marriage separately, we reconnected via Facebook in 2008 and watched each other blossom in our new lives.

Alena Hall

Behind Every Superhero Stands a Supermom | Alena Hall | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents

Kitty Burton of Omaha, Neb., is the kind of mom who works constantly to protect her three children with love, support and strength. But when one docto...

Heart to Heart

Angela Whittaker | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Angela Whittaker

The hole was determined to be a congenital condition. I'd had it my entire life, and never knew it! The hole was large, and a couple months later I would have heart surgery to close it and protect my life.

The Heart of the Matter: A Love Letter

Gail Federici | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Gail Federici

February is a time to spread awareness of heart disease and also to recognize the astounding achievements of the medical community in treating matters of the heart and these things are important to me.