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Through your support, we can help kids like Mae thrive after heart surgery
When Emily and Brian were 20 weeks pregnant with their daughter Mae, they discovered she had congenital heart defects. Mae’s heart improved during the remainder of the pregnancy, but after she was born her doctors determined she would still need surgery.
Just after turning 2 months old, Mae stopped developing like a healthy baby. She underwent open-heart surgery at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Herma Heart Institute to fix the holes in her heart. Mae’s father Brian remembers that time, saying, “I just trusted the doctors throughout Mae’s first few months of life, and it all worked out.”
Now 9 months old, Mae receives care from our Neurodevelopmental Follow-up Program. Kids with congenital heart disease are at greater risk for developmental challenges. Our Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Follow-up Program was the first of its kind in the nation and is designed to evaluate and manage the developmental progress for children living with heart disease in order to maximize their quality of life.
Over the next three years, Mae will continue to meet with a team of therapists and nurses to evaluate her cognitive, speech, gross and fine motor skills. We are determined to see kids like Mae thrive—and we can’t do it alone.
How you can help children like Mae
The Herma Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the largest pediatric cardiac center in the state and ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top pediatric cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation. We provide cutting-edge care for kids with the most complex types of heart disease. Donate today to support the Herma Heart Center’s innovative, multidisciplanary research to maximize our patients’ quality of life. It's through the generous support of people like you that we can continue to provide them with the best care possible.
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