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February 27, 2020

A Wild Story: Adult Congenital Patient Receives Modified Ross Procedure

From the age of 14, Bill Wild knew he had a heart condition. His pediatrician detected a slight heart murmur which turned out to be bicuspid aortic valve. It's a congenital condition in which the main artery that leads to the body—the aorta—has two cusps instead of three. It is one of the most common congenital heart defects, affecting about 20 per 1000 babies born. Years later, at the age of 42, Bill faced the difficult decision of what kind of congenital heart surgery he felt best served his life.