Sometimes our mightiest fighters are our tiniest ones. Little Isabelle came into the world that way. Born at only 34 weeks, she was immediately admitted to the NICU at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Each year more than 4,400 babies receive the highest level of care in Nationwide Children's Newborn Intensive and Special Care Units. As one of the largest neonatal centers in the nation, we dedicate ourselves to providing babies with cutting edge interventions, exceptional care and in turn, remarkable outcomes.
And Isabelle is remarkable. She was diagnosed with a heart condition – an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) which is usually where there is higher pressure in the left atrium compared to right atrium, thus blood flows (or shunts) from left to right as opposed to from right to left. When she was only three years old, Isabelle received a heart catheter; but because she developed an aneurism, she needed a bigger intervention – open heart surgery.
“She has had to fight since the day she was born and she fought during her heart surgery as well,” says Isabelle’s mom, Jennifer.
The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital has expertise, compassion and the most advanced technologies. As the leader in pediatric care, we offer cardiology services, cardiothoracic surgery, and everything else you would expect to find at a nationally-renowned heart center. Pediatric and adult patients with all forms of congenital heart disease and acquired cardiomyopathy have access to world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facilities. And all locations are staffed by pediatric experts who provide patients and their families with innovation and advancements not found elsewhere.
When asked what Nationwide Children's Hospital means to her, Jennifer responded, “Nationwide Children's means the world to me. It is why I went to college and obtained a degree so I could work here. This hospital is the sole reason that my Isabelle is alive. The entire staff in the NICU and CTICU treated her like their own.”
Today, Isabelle is 8 years old and loves to play with her brothers Hayden and Zach. She enjoys cheerleading and running and playing in the back yard. When she is having her “relaxing time,” she likes to read books to the rest of her family and to make artwork.
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