Girl Waiting for Heart Transplant Has Two Birthday Wishes: To Meet Drake and To Get Her New Heart

Sofia Sanchez, from Downers Grove, IL, will be 11 on August 18 and has been waiting for a new heart at Lurie Children’s for the past several weeks. She has two wishes for her birthday: to get her new heart … Read More

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

A Blessing in Disguise – Trip to the ER Reveals Baby’s Heart Failure

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It was during tummy time when Angel Bejarano noticed his baby boy Miles’ lips were turning blue and he was having difficulty breathing. Roxanne, Miles’ mom, immediately called 911. Although he was stable by the time the paramedics arrived, Miles … Read More

Patient Implanted with Total Artificial Heart

Eleven-year-old Jaheim Whigham of Illinois is the world’s smallest person – and one of 40 worldwide — to receive the 50cc SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t). This device is the smaller version of the 70cc TAH-t which received FDA … Read More

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