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Natalie and Mike

A Big Move for a Bigger Reason

Published: Feb 8th, 2019

When Natalie and Mike made a life-changing move to Florida, it was also a life-saving one when the team at the UF Health repaired a hole in Natalie’s heart.

Riley Campbell with her dog

Tiny Fireball: Riley

Published: Feb 6th, 2019

Erin Campbell was only in her second trimester when she found out that the course of her entire pregnancy would be altered…

Lead Photo: Nina

Team Nina: Cristina’s Story

Published: Oct 28th, 2016

At 6 years old, doctor’s diagnosed Cristina with a life-threatening cardiac abnormality. Listen to her incredible story of survival as a result of the UF Health Congenital Heart Center…

Lead Photo: Izabella

From teething to transplant: Izabella’s Journey

Published: Apr 27th, 2016

In December of 2011, Krystina Lopez was given little hope that her twin daughters, Jesubelle and Izabella who were born three months premature, would survive…

Nothing Slows Down Sage, Born with HLHS

Published: Jun 2nd, 2015

Sage was born with a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS),which means the left side of his heart did not develop. He was life-flighted to UF Health […]

Congenital Heart Center Team Gives Baby Fighting Chance

Published: Jun 2nd, 2015

After Mauricio Hernandez and Maritza de Jesus found out their son would be born with half a heart, they started fighting. Dr. Mark Bleiweis helped the couple and their son, […]

Adult Congenital Heart Survivor Hopes to Raise Awareness, Money for Research

Adult Congenital Heart Survivor Hopes to Raise Awareness, Money for Research

Published: Mar 28th, 2013

Congenital Heart Walk in Jacksonville Set for Saturday, April 6 Melissa Hartman of Jacksonville hopes the upcoming Congenital Heart Walk raises awareness of not only congenital heart disease, but also […]

Prenatal Diagnosis, Knowledge Help Couple Cope with Son’s Heart Condition

Published: Feb 27th, 2013

Samantha and Ryan Padgett’s baby was diagnosed prenatally with a congenital heart defect. Early diagnosis allowed them to plan for Grayson’s birth, giving him the best possible start in life. […]

Sweet Heart

Published: Nov 14th, 2012

David and Krista Kahn twin girls battled the odds of prematurity, and one also fought to survive a life-threatening heart defect. By Karen Thurston Chavez Tallahassee couple David and Krista […]

Half A Heart

Half A Heart

Published: May 20th, 2012

By April Frawley Birdwell Originally published in The POST Caleb spent the first four months of his life at Shands at UF, but nurses and doctors made the experience a […]