Patient Stories

Every family deserves the comfort and hope of knowing their child is receiving the best possible health care. At the Mount Sinai Children’s Heart Center, in partnership with Mount Sinai Fuster Heart Hospital, we are skilled  in providing highly specialized treatments with a warm and personalized approach. Our teams work every day to make sure each child receives the most advanced, science-backed therapies in a safe and clean environment. We invite you to read the inspiring stories of the families who have come to see us as New York has reopened.

A Teenager From Ukraine Receives Life-Saving Procedure at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital
Sofiia Baturina was just 16 when she left her hometown of Severodonetsk for a dangerous journey to escape war-torn Ukraine, finally receiving life saving care at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in New York.

Infant Gets a New Heart and a “Second Chance at Life” at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital
Verinia Dalton and Mark Serrano are the proud parents of Jayceon Serrano, whose Valentine’s Day will be especially happy this year because Jayceon, who just turned one, has a new heart.

Parents of Premature Twins Call Their Mount Sinai Team a “Blessing”
Yamira Garcia wanted to keep the birth of her twins, Isabel and Luna, “basic and natural.” However, that was not to be.

Mitral Valve Surgery and Compassionate Care at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital Make a Boy’s Family Feel “Blessed”
Pediatric cardiologist Kenan Stern, MD, partnered with a skilled surgical team and enthusiastic nurses to successfully repair 14-month-old Jampel’s mitral valve.

A Young Family is Inspired by their Newborn’s Day-by-Day Recovery After Open-Heart Surgery
Ten-week-old Cecily had surgery to repair a ventricular septal defect—and her parents are forever grateful to surgeon Peter Pastuszko, MD, cardiologist Miwa Geiger, MD and their life-saving teams.

With Prenatal Imaging, Starting Early to Save a Child’s Heart
After detecting pulmonary valve stenosis during a prenatal ultrasound, the Mount Sinai Children’s Heart Center team planned for a successful balloon catheterization to be performed shortly after Sophia’s birth.

A Tiny Heart. A Big Victory During COVID-19
Four-month-old Alexandra came to Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital with severe heart failure in March 2020—and went home that August as a “miracle baby” with a brand new heart.

Father and Son: Two Hearts, One Condition, a Happy Family
Father Patrick was worried when coarctation of the aorta—a condition he’d struggled with—was detected during his child’s prenatal ultrasound. But a procedure performed by Peter Pastuszko, MD, gave his son a clean bill of health.

A Family Cries for Joy After a Successful Cath Procedure
After years of struggling with a congenital heart defect, six-year-old Ariana underwent a procedure performed by Robert Pass, MD, that gave fresh hope to her entire family.

Father Impressed by Mount Sinai’s COVID-19 Precautions
After feeling anxious about bringing his 13-year-old Connor to an appointment during a pandemic, Father Neal was grateful for the careful cleaning and safety protocols at the office of Robert Pass, MD.

Despite Pandemic Fears, Mother Finds a “Whole Lot of Heart” at Mount Sinai
When taking her 10-year-old son Isaac to his pediatric cardiology visit, Mother Esti was reassured not only by safety and sanitary measures, but by the warm welcome her family received.

Mother Impressed by “Extreme Care and Diligence” She Found at Mount Sinai
From a smooth and thorough evaluation to careful pandemic safety protocols, Mother Asimina was grateful for the care Mount Sinai teams provided to her 10-year-old son Leonida.

A Family Entrusts Mount Sinai with Their Infant Daughter’s Life
Sarah credits Robert Pass, MD, with shepherding her four-month-old daughter Athena and their family through the “scariest time” of their lives.

A Girl with Two Heart Conditions and the Doctor Who Saved Her
After eight-year-old Lilah was diagnosed with both supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and an atrial septal defect (ASD), her family traveled from their Florida home to see Mount Sinai’s Barry Love, MD, who guided the minimally invasive treatment plan that returned her to health.