Harvey Jeffries

June 26, 2020

Who is Harvey Jeffries? A former professor in the UNC Gilling’s School of Public Health, Harvey Jeffries is no stranger to the UNC system. Born in Virginia, raised on a small farm in Fayetteville, Harvey spent his childhood days exploring the woods around his home, collecting specimens, and cataloging them with his microscope. He graduated … Continued

Helen Nance

June 2, 2020

A Fighter All Her Life, Surviving an Unsurvivable Condition Finding the diagnosis Acid reflux. That’s what doctors initially thought Helen Nance was suffering from. Her primary doctor listened to her complaints of nausea on August 24th and did an ultrasound. The tests were inconclusive, so they set up an endoscopy for the following day. That … Continued

John Ozols

April 15, 2020

While the risks are low, there is still a possibility of men developing breast cancer. That possibility became very real for John Ozols, who at 72 had settled comfortably into retirement. At 6’6”, a retired engineer living in Seneca, SC, his days included doing work around the house, his love for puttering in full force.

Bill Wild

February 25, 2020

From the age of 14, Bill Wild knew he had a heart condition. His pediatrician detected a slight heart murmur and sent him in for additional tests. Doctors diagnosed Bill with bicuspid aortic valve, a congenital condition in which the main artery that leads to the body—the aorta—has two cusps instead of three. It is one of the most common congenital heart defects, affecting about 20 per 1000 babies born.

Margot Halpin

November 19, 2019

Margot Halpin was born at Mount Sinai in New York City with a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Three months later the Halpin family moved to Chapel Hill and met with the Cardiology & Surgery teams at UNC Children’s Hospital NC Pediatric Heart Center to plan her care.

Jett Leahy

November 7, 2019

Suzi Leahy was told her son Jett had little chance of survival. He was born with a congenital heart defect that ultimately required a heart transplant before the age of one. Suzi, her family, and the team at the NC Children’s Heart Center at UNC Children’s Hospital fought for Jett’s life.