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Jahlia Parker

October 4, 2021

At ten years old, Jahliah Parker likes to have fun with her siblings, play on her Nintendo Switch, and, along with thousands of other children across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, is ready to go back to in-person school. She is the youngest girl of six children; her brother, whom she is close to, is the youngest in the family, and none of them do anything without the others. Much like her siblings, she is an ordinary kid except for one little thing, her congenital heart condition. Throughout her entire life, Jahliah has had to deal with erratic heart rhythms, skipping of her heart, heart beating too fast, sometimes to the point of pain, and asthma.  At the age of nine, she started to have fainting spells.

Healing Little Hearts in Kosovo

March 10, 2020

Kosovo: a country left to rebuild after crisis. Most affected are those who have the least control. At times, this can leave some of the most vulnerable, such as children with congenital heart disease, with few options for survival.  In the wake of rebuilding a country, resources and necessary infrastructure to perform such life-saving interventions … Continued

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.

Sharma Honored as Triangle Business Journal 2020 Health Care Hero

February 25, 2020

The Triangle Business Journal named UNC Surgery’s Mahesh Sharma, MD, Chief of Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the NC Children’s Heart Center, as one of its 2020 Health Care Heroes. He was presented with the award at a ceremony on Feb. 13. Dr. Sharma was honored for his profound effect on the congenital cardiac … Continued

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.