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March 11, 2020

Healing Little Hearts in Kosovo

Kosovo: a country left to rebuild after crisis. Most affected are those who have the least control. At times, this can leave some of the most vulnerable, such as children with congenital heart disease, with few options for survival. In the wake of rebuilding a country, resources and necessary infrastructure to perform such life-saving interventions on the sick were lacking. It’s in these moments that organizations like Gift of Life International and healthcare volunteers from across North America team up to make a difference.

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.