Cardiac Center Patient Stories

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Creation of Potts Shunt on ECMO: Elias’ Story


When two-year-old Elias was placed on ECMO with severe pulmonary hypertension, his chances of survival were almost nonexistent. CHOP cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Maeda saved his life through a risky procedure called Potts Shunt.

Heart Transplant: Makai’s Story

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A diagnosis of heart failure stunned Makai and his family. After a heart transplant and many dire health emergencies, he’s back to being an energetic teen.

Heart Transplant: Tenlee's Story

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Tenlee was 3 days old when her family learned reconstructive surgery wouldn't be enough to save her life — she needed a new heart.