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Miracle Child Gives Back to Help Kids with Heart Conditions in Uganda

Friday, May 15, 2015

When Zachary was born, he was diagnosed at Children’s National with pulmonary atresia—a life-threatening heart condition in which his pulmonary valve was sealed shut and blood could not get to his lungs to receive oxygen. Zachary also had an enlarged chamber and holes across the upper chambers of his heart. Cardiologists Gerard Martin, MD, senior vice president of the Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease, and Craig Sable, MD, director of echocardiography and medical director of telemedicine, successfully opened the sealed valve without having to perform open heart surgery.

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