Posts Categorized: Heart Institute

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 »

A Healed Heart

As Ethan started to walk, and then eventually to run, he never showed any outward signs that the heart beating in his tiny chest harbored a congenital abnormality. “Developmentally, Ethan was on schedule,” said his mother, Cindy. “He was very active and always running around. We never would have known there was a problem if… Read more »

Brave Heart

At 20 months and 30 pounds, Austin Ball is tall for his age and bursting with energy. It’s hard to believe he’s the same child who, at 5 months, arrived at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on life support, his future uncertain. Before his birth, Austin had been diagnosed with a large tumor in… Read more »