A HealthBeat Special Series

From the heart

Nearly 1 in 100 babies each year is born with a congenital heart defect. Currently up to 1.3 million adults are living with congenital heart disease. In this heart-warming series, we share the stories of Congenital Heart Center patients who refuse to be defeated.

Health Beat Special Series
Patient Story

Heart of mystery

A 3-D model helps a 10-year-old boy understand his unique anatomy. And it helps his doctors plan his treatment.

Patient Story

‘His whole story has been a miracle’

Adopted from China with heart defects, Isaiah Lunsford receives a life-changing surgical fix.

Patient Story

Reaching for recovery

After complex heart problems and several surgeries, little Graylyn Karaus is stretching, reaching and working toward walking.

Patient Story

The smallest survivor

Born premature, tiny and with a serious heart defect, Elliot Dykstra overcame tough odds.

Patient Story

'I have to make my days count'

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

Patient Story

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.

Patient Story

The heart of a (3-time) survivor

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

‘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.

Patient Story

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.  

Patient Story

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.