Patient Stories

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Small Bowel Atresia: Zoe's Story


Zoe was diagnosed before birth with small bowel atresia, a cause of fetal bowel obstruction, and underwent surgery at CHOP when she was just 1 day old.

Supraventricular Tachycardia: Oliver’s Story


Cardiologists at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia diagnosed Oliver with supraventricular tachycardia when he was 1, then found the right treatment to keep his heart beating normally.

Tetralogy of Fallot: Aidan's Story


From his prenatal diagnosis of tetralogy of Fallot, to treatment after birth and follow-up care, Aidan has benefited from the expertise of CHOP's Cardiac Center.

Tetralogy of Fallot: Ben's Story


When Diana and Corey learned their unborn baby had tetralogy of Fallot, they came to CHOP's Fetal Heart Program to better understand the diagnosis, develop a birth plan and prepare for their baby’s open heart surgery. 

Tetralogy of Fallot: Brittany's Story


Brittany Rotonda shares her experience living with tetralogy of Fallot and how she found comfort and hope at the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center, a joint program of CHOP and Penn.

Tetralogy of Fallot: Joshua’s Story


Joshua was only weeks old when he had surgery to treat tetralogy of Fallot, a serious heart defect. He will continue to receive expert care from the team at CHOP's Cardiac Center.

Tetralogy of Fallot: Marla's Story


Marla recounts her experience growing up with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) and how the passion of the nurses at CHOP inspired her own career in nursing.

Tetralogy of Fallot: Matthew's Story


Diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot at a New Mexico hospital, Matthew was transferred to CHOP's Cardiac Center for surgical treatment and long-term follow-up care.