"Children Reunite With Doctors Who Saved Their Lives" - A.J. Ross
With Valentine's Day next week, a very special group of children gathered to celebrate early. Their common bond - they were all saved by heart surgery at The Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai. Sabrina Ho had her first heart transplant at five months old, her second one at 13 years old, and now she is a 21-year-old college student with a heart pumping strong. Ho met dozens of others at Mount Sinai Hospital who were saved by heart surgery when they were kids. Some still are kids. "It's painful obviously. I know what they're going through but at the same time if I can be a role model and influence, it's lovely," said Ho. "I think it's a privilege for physicians who have patients chronically, to have these relationships, they're so special. It's an extended family really," said Ira Parness, MD, professor of pediatrics and cardiology and chief in the division of pediatric cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Performing nearly 200 pediatric heart operations a year, physicians utilize state-of-the-art procedures ranging from valve repairs to heart transplants.
- Ira Parness, MD, Professor, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai