Patient Stories

Jelani's Story

Jelani is thriving today, thanks to a heart transplant. Cardiothoracic surgeon Emile Bacha, MD, discusses Columbia's excellent pediatric cardiac surgery outcomes.

Jelani's Story


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Saving Two Babies’ Lives With One Pioneering Approach to Heart Valve Transplantation

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In a first-of-its-kind “domino” transplant in infants, cardiac surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital performed a heart transplant in one baby, and then transplanted valves from her old heart into another infant — saving two lives and paving the way to save more.

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Fixing a Little Boy’s ‘Swiss Cheese’ Heart

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Born with more than a dozen holes in his heart, Maverick Waler was on the path toward transplant, until he traveled across the country to NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, where specialists saved his heart and gave him the chance for a normal life.

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Living Life With a Full Heart

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Born with half a heart, Jack Foley underwent three surgeries at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital to re-engineer how his heart pumps. Now a 12-year-old hockey player, “Super Jack” is a superstar on and off the ice.

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Amazing Things: Jenna Skeete

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The inspiring survival story of an infant born with half a heart, and how her family honors her donor every year.

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