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A Dying Orphan Gets Help from UF Health Surgeon

Even before Doug and Lori McCary finalized their adoption of Rachel, a young girl from China who was born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome, the McCarys found the UF Health Congenital Heart Center and Mark Bleiweis, M.D.,…

Ready to move forward with his life, transplant patient thanks staff

Before he became Ironman, Josh Inghram was a typical 17-year-old. But on Feb. 27, 2012, Josh experienced stomach and chest pains. His parents, Vicky and Joe Inghram, thought it was nothing serious. They were wrong. Josh’s heart was failing. He was diagnosed with acquired idiopathic cardiomyopathy, meaning his heart…

Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery at UF Health Ranked Among Nation’s Top 25

The UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital ‘s pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program was recognized among the nation’s Top 25 congenital heart centers, according to the 2012-2013 U.S. News’ Best Children’s Hospitals rankings release in June 2012. In Florida, the University of Florida Congenital Heart Center is the highest-ranked children’s…