Family Spotlight

Christina – Coral Springs, FL

Christina was referred to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital when she was 8 weeks old. She had a congenital heart defect that would require surgery. While performing pre-surgery x-rays and tests, it was revealed that she had other serious problems… coarctation of the aorta (tight narrowing of the aorta) and eventration of the diaphragm (the lung was being compressed by her abdomen, her intestines were pushed into her lungs, which were collapsed).

The cardiovascular surgeon and pediatric surgeon decided to operate only once vs. cutting Christina twice. A new heart surgery at that time, VATS was performed by the cardiovascular surgeon and the pediatric surgeon repaired her lung, diaphragm and abdomen.

Today Christina is 17 years old and plays soccer.