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Ian's Story

New heart for newborn. Parents call transplant a medical miracle.

An ultrasound 20 weeks into Ivy Duke’s pregnancy showed a problem in her baby’s development. But her treating physician wasn’t sure what the issue was. A neighbor suggested they talk to experts at Children’s National.

The Dukes learned that their baby's heart was underdeveloped and would require several surgeries after birth. But they were gratified to learn that their child would be treated by one of the world’s foremost surgeons in the field.

When their baby, Ian, was delivered, he was immediately transported to Children's National for the first of two surgeries needed to restructure his heart. Such early interventions can provide children such as Ian long lives that they otherwise might not have.

“The care and love that Ian and our family have experienced is unbelievable,” Ivy said. “Each nurse, technician, doctor, and administrator whom we dealt with has truly cared about our son's health and gone that extra mile to make sure that the best prognosis was in reach.”

With the continuing care of the cardiology team, Ian's prognosis is great.

Said Ivy: “Miracles are possible and happen every day through the life-saving medical care provided by Children's National.”