Tag Archive: Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center
Jacob had his first open heart surgery to repair tetrology of Fallot when he was just six months old. A decade later, his Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team, led by cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Thomas Yeh, performed a second surgery to replace a pulmonary valve – enabling the bubbly 10-year-old to keep on dancing to his favorite music! Watch Jacob’s story and hear what he has to say about his favorite... View Article
Within the first few days of her life, Serenity, now 1 year old, was diagnosed with a partial atrioventricular septal defect, a hole between the chambers of the left and right sides of the heart, and severe leakage of her heart’s mitral valve. Her mother, Heather, was told by the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team that Serenity would need surgery to repair the defect, and her long term prognosis... View Article
Congenital heart disease is the most common type of birth defect occurring in about one in 100 live births. A congenital heart defect is a problem with the heart’s structure and may involve the walls of the heart, the valves of the heart and/or the arteries and veins leading to and from the heart. Defects range from conditions that show little to no visible symptoms in a child’s life to complex... View Article
Long QT syndrome caused an erratic heart rhythm and left little Laurel feeling lethargic. When her mom met the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team, her fear turned to confidence that Laurel was in the right hands. Laurel received a pacemaker and returns to CHoR regularly for coordinated follow-up care with her heart team and other specialists. She has plenty of energy to play with big brother, keep Mom on... View Article
Long QT syndrome caused an erratic heart rhythm and left little Laurel feeling lethargic. When her mom met the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team, her fear turned to confidence that Laurel was in the right hands.
Gabe’s sunken chest, the result of a condition called pectus excavatum, affected his ability to be active and even laugh. Dr. Thomas Yeh and our Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team gave Gabe his health and a renewed sense of confidence.
Having an advanced level of heart care right here in Richmond has very special meaning for 12-year-old Annelise “Anna” Kaikkonen. The expertise and dedication of our Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team saved Anna’s life – more than once. “They spent many, many hours working to come up with a plan to do surgery in a way that Anna would survive,” her dad, Bob, says thankfully. The Heart Center provides... View Article
“When it was time for Arjun to go with the anesthesiologist, I couldn’t [let him go],” Nidhi Kohli tearfully recalled of the moments before her 5-month-old’s heart surgery in March. “I had to give Arjun to my husband so he could do it.” Born with ventricular septal defect (VSD), Arjun’s congenital heart condition was not diagnosed until he was nearly three months old when he began crying a lot, experiencing... View Article
One of NICU doctors heart a murmur in Sonny’s heart. When our Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team further assessed Sonny, they diagnosed him with aortic coarctation – a form of congenital heart disease. Dr. Thomas Yeh performed life-saving surgery and the Heart Center team will continue to follow Sonny to ensure a bright and healthy future.
By Dr. Thomas Yeh Content originally published on Richmond.com. It’s easy to lose your perspective in the rush of surgery. As a children’s heart surgeon, it has been my life’s greatest privilege to be part of many wonderful moments that changed lives for thousands of patients in Toronto, Louisville, Dallas, New Orleans, and now, in Richmond. Recently, a patient gave me pause to step back, savor the moment, and celebrate... View Article