Chewbacca Tells Patient He’s Getting A New Heart

Months ago when Austin Eggleston, 15, was listed for a heart transplant, Dr. Philip Thrush, Cardiologist at Lurie Children’s, promised he would deliver the news a heart was available dressed as Chewbacca. Born with three congenital heart defects, Austin had … Read More

Born with Three Congenital Heart Defects Today Oliver Thrives

Concerned with her two-week-old son, Oliver’s feeding, Olivia Craig made an appointment with the pediatrician. She never imagined that her newborn son would be diagnosed with a congenital heart defect let alone three. During the appointment, a nurse practitioner and … Read More

Preventive Heart Health for Kids – Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a condition most people wouldn’t think affects children but children can indeed have high levels of cholesterol particularly if they are overweight, obese or have a history of family hypercholesterolemia, an inherited disorder where the body is … Read More

Hero’s Heart – A Fight Against Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. That was a term Catherine Campbell had never heard before her son, Idris “Hero,” was born on March 15, 2015. “He was born a healthy, 8lb, 15 oz., baby boy- scoring high on the apgar test, … Read More

Renowned Expert in Pediatric Cardiology Joins Lurie Children’s to Lead the Heart Center

This past summer, internationally renowned pediatric cardiologist Stuart Berger, MD, joined Lurie Children’s as the Executive Director of the Heart Center. He also will serve as Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics focusing on clinical operations. Berger will also … Read More

Abby’s story: Embracing my imperfections

Seventeen-year-old Abby Hack is one of approximately 300 patients with pacemakers or Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) followed each year by the specialists at Lurie Children’s Heart Center. Abby writes about her path to becoming an advocate for children and adolescents … Read More