Posts Categorized: Heart Institute

Children’s Hospital: An Institution to Which I Owe 7,868 Days of My Life (And Counting)

At less than one day old, I was flying through the sky on the way to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. My walnut-sized heart contained a congenitally defective aortic valve that would require an immediate catheter-based procedure, open heart surgery at 13 years old, and would necessitate life-long monitoring and re-intervention. While the memories… Read more »

Nolan’s Heart of Steel

At one-year-old, Nolan McLaughlin has already been through more than most. Born six weeks early, Nolan was in and out of hospitals as he fought respiratory issues. On Sept. 30, 2013, at just five months old, his condition went from bad to worse. This time Nolan wasn’t responding to the normal treatments. Doctors did a… Read more »

Our Journey with Children’s Hospital

“Your baby has a heart murmur.”  Those were the words that began our journey with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 2007. We are a close family, brought up with a strong set of values created over time with the experience of lifetimes to solidify all that we believe.  As our family grew, we… Read more »

Luke Ball: A New Heart

Luke Ball: A New Heart In January 2004, during a routine ultrasound, John and Stacie Ball learned their soon-to-be son, Luke, would be born with a complex congenital heart defect. With limited treatment options available, this unexpected news sent the family on an emotional roller coaster in understanding the challenges that lay ahead. Although surgical… Read more »