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Jax's Story

Born with heart problems, repaired by the surgeon who wrote the book.

Robyn Martin was pregnant with twins, and an ultrasound showed a shadow around the heart of one of them. She was referred to Children’s National, where the diagnosis was a condition called tetralogy of Fallot. It meant that blood was not flowing properly through the heart and surgery would be needed before his first birthday.

Fortunately, her newborn son, Jax, was being treated by some of the world’s best pediatric cardiologists, including one who literally wrote the book on the topic, Dr. Richard Jonas. “I was very glad that there was someone who was absolutely taking care of my son and that his hands were going to be fixing this kid’s heart,” Robyn said.

Jax spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit, then had his surgery. A month later, he flashed his first smile at Robyn – a signal that she now had two healthy, thriving boys.