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Dante’s Story

“I first met Dante in utero when mom was about 4 to 5 months pregnant,” says cardiologist Alicia Wang, MD, who specializes in fetal cardiology. “We were able to see while she was pregnant, looking at the heart, there was something wrong with the valve.”

Dante was diagnosed with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum, and was cared for shortly after birth at Connecticut Children’s. “Our experience has been nothing short of amazing, with the staff, doctors and nurses—everyone who has been in contact with us and Dante,” says Dante’s mom, Valerie.

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Bethany’s Story

Bethany was born with aortic valvular stenosis with regurgitation. Today, she credits congenital heart disease specialist Shailendra Upadhyay, MD and Connecticut Children’s adult congenital heart disease program with keeping her well all the way through adulthood. “Every time I come in and talk to him about things, he always tells me I’m a strong woman, and I can handle it,” Bethany says. “Hearing that from your doctor is really special.”

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Gabriella’s Story

Patient Gabriella with cardiac surgeon Dr. Dennis MelloGabriella was born with an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), in which the wall that separates the upper heart chambers does not close completely. “As typical with an ASD, there were no symptoms, and we were shocked when during a routine medical checkup for a cough, a heart murmur was detected,” says Gabriella’s mom, Adria. Learn how Connecticut Children’s cardiac surgeons took a girl with a broken heart, and gave her a life she loves. Read Gabriella’s story > 

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