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

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.

Patient Story

‘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.

Patient Story

‘Life is more precious’

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

Patient Story

‘I could tell I was dying’

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

Patient Story

‘A last resort’ keeps her heart pumping

Debra Peck’s parents were told she wouldn't live long. Now 60, she is the second person in the world to get an innovative new device.

Patient Story

Holding his heart in his hands

'It's just amazing what they can do nowadays,' Nicholas Borgman mused while gazing at a 3-D version of the organ.

‘A huge leap for individualized medicine’

Spectrum Health researchers combine imaging scans to produce first 3-D heart model of its kind.

Patient Story

The littlest fighter

Caregivers leave lasting impression on parents of infant who underwent multiple life-saving surgeries.

Patient Story

Heart treatment in utero saves baby Masen

'When you’re sitting there, you’re hopeless, but those doctors—they want to do everything they can to make sure that your child gets the chance they deserve. We’re very lucky.'

Patient Story

Born with a heart defect? Live a fuller life today

Less than 10 percent of adults born with heart defects are getting the right care. We aim to change that.

Mighty Girl thrives

Alexandra, one of the smallest babies in the world to undergo a heart procedure in July, beat the odds and is 'doing great.'