When you're told your child may have a heart problem, it can be a difficult, scary time. The good news is pediatric heart care has advanced by leaps and bounds. So in the event that a suspected problem is confirmed, there's every reason to believe it can be corrected and your child will go on to live a healthy, normal life.
Both MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center in Tacoma and Seattle Children's Hospital are widely recognized for their exceptional reputations and leadership in pediatrics and neonatal care, as well as pediatric heart care. Because of the growing need for advanced cardiovascular surgical services in our area, we've joined together to create a regional heart surgery program. Working together, Mary Bridge and Seattle Children's offer an even higher level of care, share a more extensive range of resources and serve a greater number of children across a broader geographic region. For you and your child this means:
“I carried my son and before you know it, it was time for him to go (into the operating room). I was not allowed to enter. So I handed my son over to the nurse … I cried, I watched my son go through the door and I just felt like dying. It was the most difficult part of my life, entrusting my son to others.”
—Journal entry written by the mother of a newborn who needed surgery.Mothers whose infants underwent complex heart surgery are sharing what they learned from the experience, in a study published in the current issue of the medical journal Heart & Lung. The study, conducted in part by Mary Bridge Cardiology program's Kayla Harvey, ARNP, (pictured above) aims to offer insight to other families who have an infant that needs complex heart surgery, as well as help health care workers provide better support and education for families.