"Very rewarding": UNC pediatric heart surgery patients gather for a reunion

"Very rewarding": UNC pediatric heart surgery patients gather for a reunion
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Michael R. Mill, M.D., UNC pediatric cardiac surgeon, talks to a patient and his mother at the Healthy Hearts Reunion. (Photo by the Herald-Sun)

UNC pediatric heart surgery patients and their families gathered on Saturday, Sept. 15, for the annual Healthy Hearts Reunion.  The event features games, carnival activities and food, and is a chance for children who have had heart surgery at N.C. Children's Hospital to come back to visit with medical staff and other patients and their families. This year's reunion was held at the Trinity School in Durham.

Physicians, nurses and other medical staff who cared for the children in the hospital were delighted to see them running and playing at the reunion.

“This is very, very rewarding, very fulfilling,” Michael R. Mill, M.D., UNC pediatric cardiac surgeon, told the (Durham) Herald-Sun. "It’s great to see them in an active environment, outside the hospital environment.”

Read more here, in a Herald-Sun story by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan.

For more information about pediatric heart surgery at UNC, click here.

Photos of the event are at the North Carolina Children's Hospital page on Facebook.