February is Heart Month
February is heart month, a time to highlight the importance of taking care of your heart and supporting the ones you love. While heart conditions can be seen as issues that affect older people, CHEO treats the smallest hearts that need the utmost care. Each year in Canada, about 1 in every 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect. Healthcare staff at CHEO diagnose, treat and monitor patients, keeping their young hearts strong. As these patients grow, their care will have to adapt. Some patients will need additional surgeries, some will require revised medication and fitness plans, all will need the help of the team at CHEO and community engagement.
Your donation to CHEO’s Cardiology Department will give doctors, nurses and staff the tools they need to deliver the very best care to the patients that need it the most. Learn more about the patients your dollars will directly impact.
Heather MacMurdo is a vivacious 15-year-old who has received a lifetime of care at CHEO. At just 10 days old she had her first of six open heart surgeries which to date include four valve repairs and two emergency operations. Her cardiology team at CHEO is always by her side, rising to every challenge Heather has thrown their way.
To look at Xavier Baribeau you’d never guess his story started with a medical miracle! A diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease meant he underwent three heart surgeries before the age of three and has had some challenges along the way, including emergency visits to CHEO. But Xavier refuses to sit on the sidelines! He loves hockey and keeping pace with his best buddy and little brother, Max.
Zander Zatylny is a 10-year-old who puts his heart into everything he does! Thanks to the specialized cardiac care he’s received at CHEO, his heart is up for the challenge. Diagnosed with a rare type of congenital heart disease, he had his first open heart surgery at 22 days old and has faced many more surgeries and procedures since to accommodate his growing body.
Nolan Roseneck just turned three. He’s obsessed with cars and the story of how his surgeon Dr. Gyaandeo Maharajh fixed his ‘broken heart’ at CHEO. Diagnosed with the congenital heart defect Tetrology of Fallot at birth, Nolan not only survived his surgery, but a staph infection that threatened his young life. Today, he’s a big brother with big plans and no sign of slowing down.