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Sophisticated Surgical Procedure Saves Infant with Rare Heart Defects

Sophisticated Surgical Procedure Saves Infant with Rare Heart Defects

November 2006 — Born with a potentially fatal congenital heart abnormality, Christina required extremely delicate neonatal surgery in order to have a chance at survival. Her mother, Selina, consulted the highly specialized physicians at the Cardiac Center at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. They determined Christina's condition called for a customized procedure that drew upon the physicians' expert skills in interventional cardiology and conventional surgery.

When Christina was only three days old, she underwent an unusual procedure performed by Richard Perryman, MD, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, and Mark Boucek, MD, Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Services.

Because newborns are at high risk of suffering brain injury during open heart operations, the physicians performed a minimally invasive procedure to address some of her anatomical heart defects. While many pediatric heart patients eventually require surgery, earlier minimally invasive procedures can substantially improve the surgery's outcome. Today Christina is doing well. The Center's team approach has given her a new lease on life.

For Selina, the anxiety surrounding her daughter's condition has given way to relief and joy. "God, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and the pediatric cardiologists gave me hope when I thought there was none," she says. "I've got a beautiful outcome now."

At Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital cardiac doctors, with a broad spectrum of expertise, have teamed up to offer young heart patients, like Christina, extraordinary care.

Renowned Expertise and Experience

Richard A. Perryman, MD, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is an internationally renowned surgeon who has performed an estimated 4,000 surgeries including a heart transplant on a 90-minute-old baby and complex open heart surgery on infants whose tiny hearts had several defects.

Mark Boucek, MD, Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Services for
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, is internationally known for his work in interventional cardiology, which includes the use of catheters and other devices to restore blood flow to the heart. Both doctors, each of whom has 26 years experience, are part of a team of specialists leading the Cardiac Center at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital congenital heart disease treatment.

The Cardiac Center's Pediatric Heart Station is a centralized location for non-invasive diagnostic evaluations for children requiring surgery or cardiac catheterization. The facility is equipped to assess patients through adulthood. The Cardiac Center also offers pediatric intensive care, social services, genetic counseling and interventional and surgical specialties from a highly qualified team of pediatric cardiac professionals. Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is the only hospital in Broward and Palm Beach Counties performing pediatric open heart surgery and cardiac catheterization.

For information about the Cardiac Center at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, please call (954) 265-6939.

If you would like a referral to a physician for your child, call Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Physician Referral Service toll-free at (866) JDCH-DOC. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.