The Heart of a Champion

Guest post by Kelli Nowinsky, Social Media Account Manager

We love to make our patients smile. And while we do everything we can here for them, it never hurts to have some outside help to really brighten their day.

Today, we had a very special visitor. It’s hard not to get excited when a world-class athlete like Lauren Cheney visits. This young woman is a soccer superstar. She’s a member of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team, a forward on the Women’s Professional Soccer league Boston Breakers and a 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist.

But despite all her successes on the field, she started out like many of our patients here; facing an enormous obstacle at a young age. She was born with a type of congenital heart defect – Atrial septal defect (ASD) – a hole between the two atrial chambers of the heart. She had open heart surgery at just 3 years old. Now as an adult living with a congenital heart defect she has continued to experience extraordinary success on and off the field. During her visit she really just had one message for our heart patients.

Roughly 36,000 children are born each year with a congenital heart defect, the most common birth defect. About 1.3 million Americans with congenital cardiovascular defects are alive today thanks to the advances in research and treatment.

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