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In this video series learn about the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Parents, nurses and doctors, each from their unique perspective, talk about the work being done here. Use the links below to navigate through the series.
David Proctor, Father: I remember sitting beside the bed with Elizabeth when we first were diagnosed and just hearing the news.
Elizabeth Proctor, Mother: Our twin B, which she was called at that point, had hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
David Proctor: I remember both of us just tensed up, you know, you never imagine that that’s going to happen to you.
Elizabeth Proctor: We found out that twin A also had a congenital heart defect, which was --
David Proctor: And I just remember thinking somehow we’ll get through it.
Narrator: Of all the children born on this day, 1 in 100 will have heart disease. For a child with this, one of the most common birth defects, there are new answers and new hope at a most uncommon place.
Susan Nicolson, MD: We recognized that in order to deliver the best possible care here at Children’s Hospital that we had to integrate the delivery of cardiac services to our patients.
Sarah Tabbut, MD: We provide a high level of care, and the only way to provide that level of care really is to have a very strong team approach.
Thomas Spray, MD: The team in The Cardiac Center involves hundreds of people.
Bernard Clark, MD: We have a staff of anesthesiologists who are dedicated to The Cardiac Center. We have a staff of cardiologists, and we have a staff of surgeons.
Sarah Tabbut, MD: Nurses, respiratory therapists--
Thomas Spray, MD: Social workers and nutritional specialists--
Victoria Vetter, MD: Specialists in abnormal heart rhythms, electrophysiology, those who are specialists and specially skilled in imaging and echocardiography. Those who are specially skilled in heart failure and heart transplant.
Jack Rychik, MD: It’s an orchestra. It’s a symphony. Everybody plays their own instrument and plays it well.
Thomas Spray, MD: We, as a group, have one focus and that is to provide the best possible care to children with cardiac conditions.