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Upon birth, Claire was diagnosed as having a coarctation (narrowing) of the aorta, and she was immediately transferred to Connecticut Children’s.

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Jillian was born with two holes in her heart – one was a small Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and the other was a larger Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD).

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Kristin was born with a life-threatening cardiac defect in the late 1970s, and has been followed by Connecticut Children’s pediatric cardiologists ever since.

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When Tricia’s obstetrician told her that her unborn daughter’s heart defect couldn’t be fixed, “we were without hope,” Tricia says. “But Felice Heller, MD, of Connecticut Children’s, called us and said, ‘Don’t worry. We’ve seen plenty of these. Your daughter will be fine.’”

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Just after birth, Rylan was immediately transported to Connecticut Children’s, where his parents learned Rylan not only had a hole in his heart, but also three other major heart defects.

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