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Life with Levi

Born with a severe heart defect, this lovable preschooler is now working to build muscles through therapy—and plenty of laughter.

February 17, 2017 3
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‘I have to make my days count’

LeAnn Ouwinga thought her heart troubles were over after childhood surgery. Decades later came serious complications.

February 6, 2017 16
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‘By the grace of God’

When little Mary Chittle's heart stopped, a team of doctors, nurses and prayer warriors joined forces to get it beating again.

January 25, 2017 23
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An optimistic outlook

Diagnosed with heart disease at birth, Hannah Webb now expects a baby of her own. She returned to where her care began.

January 13, 2017 4
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The heart of a (3-time) survivor

A new solution for his faulty artificial valve has David Walker ready to hunt another season.

December 25, 2016 2

‘The very definition of a miracle’

Quick action by Peter Lombardo’s teachers saved the 17-year-old when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

December 9, 2016 9
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Back in God’s country

After becoming the first person in the U.S. to get a new heart device, a Canadian Lakes woman returns to the woods she loves.  

November 23, 2016 9
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Rare heart fix helps ‘our miracle boy’

Wester, a 3-year-old boy from the Dominican Republic, had no left lung artery—until he came to West Michigan for surgery.

October 16, 2016 6
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The harmony of Baby Levi’s heart

Even though a heart may beat only briefly, it's a sound that echoes into eternity for those it touched.

September 7, 2016 3
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‘Mighty boy’ defies the odds

Atlanta doctors told Elijah's family he had days to live. They refused to accept this and found hope 800 miles away.

August 8, 2016 23
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‘Life is more precious’

Growing up with a congenital heart defect, Julie Palma has learned to treasure life and focus on the positive.

July 22, 2016 4
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‘I could tell I was dying’

A rare heart procedure gives Sheryll Neiboer new breath—and a new life.

June 8, 2016 2