American Heart Association

32 heart surgeries, and she’s only 19

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bethany Gooch was a fussy newborn.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in October 1997, regular pediatrician’s visits didn’t reveal anything wrong. But just days before Bethany’s first Christmas, her color seemed off.

The Gooches took Bethany to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a pair of serious […]

In a book, two friends turn the page on heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Harry Zuckerman didn’t cry when he was born 17 years ago in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Doctors immediately suspected something might be wrong.

Within days, Harry was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect that changes the flow of blood through the heart. It occurs […]

Heart disease at birth, prom dates as teenagers

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Logan Andrews looked completely healthy when he was born nearly 17 years ago in Concord, North Carolina, tipping the scales at 10 pounds.

But he wasn’t. Within hours, doctors discovered a heart condition – hypoplastic left heart syndrome – that caused the left side of his […]

Poet uses her art to connect with other survivors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A congenital heart defect required Jen Hyde to have two open-heart surgeries, including heart valve replacement by the time she was 25. Now, the Brooklyn poet and artist is using her experiences to channel her art and connect with other survivors.

Hyde, now 30, was diagnosed […]

Coping with heart defect leads to work helping other patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Adam Verigan was 5 days old when his pediatrician detected a heart murmur. More medical exams led to startling news for his parents: He had been born with a heart defect.

Known as Tetralogy of Fallot, the congenital defect involved four specific problems with his heart. […]

Teenager turns heart condition into teaching tool for other youngsters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nadia LuQman’s parents were ready to take her home from the hospital shortly after her birth when doctors discovered a telltale sign of a serious problem.

Newborn Nadia had a heart murmur. Further tests revealed Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart defect involving four specific problems, including […]

Student born with heart defect aims to save lives through Girl Scout project

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Caroline Hickam is pouring her heart into attaining the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.

Born with a heart defect that required surgery when she was just a few weeks old, the Maryland high school junior is focusing her Gold Award project on heightening […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Reborn’ by a series of procedures, she’s energized to help others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cristina Civetta was born with a fragile, failing heart. At only 18 hours old, she underwent surgery so that doctors could place a shunt into her heart to improve blood flow.

When she was 19 months old, her lung and heart chambers were filling with fluid. […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Her tangle of heart problems were discovered in the womb; now 3, she’s thriving

At their 20-week ultrasound, Jamie and Cale Henderson were excited to learn they would be welcoming a baby girl.

The other news that day wasn’t as joyous.

Their unborn daughter had several problems with her heart. Doctors didn’t yet know the full extent of the condition.

“It was devastating,” Jamie said. “I […]