For our photo of the week, we are celebrating Ellie who just had her first birthday as well as her 1-year Heart Anniversary for her Norwood surgery at Boston Children’s under the care of Dr. Brown and Dr. Quinonez. We wish her all the best!
Given the scarcity of available donor hearts, clinicians and biomedical engineers from Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science have spent several years developing a mechanical alternative. Their groundbreaking “soft robotic” sleeve encases the heart and gently squeezes it to mimic the natural beating heart. Learn more about the technology in BBC News.

Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts - BBC News
When her 4-year-old daughter Julia became very sick back in December 2013, Serena followed her intuition and brought her to Boston Children’s in the middle of the night. Julia’s breathing problems became so acute that she had to be intubated and put on a ventilator, only to go into cardiac arrest and be placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Read the full story of a mother...
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Last week, Boston Children's celebrated its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance, an event that our EVP of Health Affairs and COO Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, described as "a celebration of the limitless possibilities of what can be accomplished in the kind of world Dr. King strived to create. A better world, where violence and intolerance is unheard of. The kind of world that we...
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Heart warrior Maddox is our next photo of the week! He was born in 2011 with #DORV and #HLHS. Since January 2012, he has undergone open heart surgery as well as many surgical interventions at Boston Children’s. He has been a real fighter through all of these challenges, with Dr. Baird, Dr. Rathod and the Heart Center team by his side. We are pleased to share this fabulous collage of photos and...
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Make these NO BAKE-ENERGY BITES ahead of time for quick snacks throughout the week. Snacks are important to control hunger, keep blood sugar levels steady, and provide an energy boost between meals. Added bonus: These small treats are packed with heart healthy fats and fiber, which are good for your heart!

½ cup natural nut butter
¼ cup honey
½ cup ground flax seed
1 cup rolled...
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Heart warrior Harrison is our next photo of the week! He was born with Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia and had two successful open heart surgeries with Boston Children’s Dr. Baird and is now followed by Dr. Prosnitz and Dr. Tworetzky. We are excited to share that he is a very happy and thriving little boy who just celebrated his first birthday at the end of November. Go Harrison!
This past fall, Columbus Blue Jackets’ Captain, Nick Foligno returned to Boston Children’s to share his gratitude through smiles, autographs and a generous gift donation to the hospital. Three years ago, their daughter Milana received life-saving heart surgery at Boston Children’s and is now healthy and doing well. Watch Nick's full interview in the Boston Globe.

Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno makes heartfelt return to Boston Children's Hospital - The Boston Globe
Fifteen-year-old Sam Long of Wellfleet Massachusetts had wished for a heart since being diagnosed last March with dilated cardiomyopathy and his wish came true last month at Boston Children’s Hospital. Read Sam’s full story and the incredible gift he received for Christmas in the Cape Cod Times: [ Link ]
Erin was born with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and recently celebrated her 20th birthday -- but it's not just any birthday -- it's a birthday for her heart. At just a year old, Erin became Dr. Blume’s very first transplant patient for the Heart Transplant Program at Boston Children’s. Read about Erin and how her incredible story has been a huge inspiration to others: [ Link ]
Meet Dr. Elizabeth Blume! Her specialties include cardiomyopathy, pediatric heart failure and heart transplantation. Her research is focused on the treatment of end-stage heart disease and heart transplantation in pediatric patients. Learn more about her in this video. [ Link ]
For our final December #MondayMilestone, we introduce you to Michael from Massachusetts. Twelve years ago and five days after his birth, Michael had open heart surgery and Santa Claus stopped by to see him. This month, we are excited to celebrate his 12th birthday with him. Read more about Michael’s incredible milestone. [ Link ]

Hegarty • Massachusetts
More than 60 years ago, Boston Children's Hospital welcomed children from around the world with wishes for a "Merry Christmas" from a chalk-board-drawn Santa Claus. Today, the elves from our Information Services Department use video-chat technology, so that Saint Nick can interact with children and their families all the way from the North Pole: [ Link ]
In celebration of this holiday season, we shared the inspirational story about Boston Children’s heart patient, Eva Gambon and her participation in "The Nutcracker" performances this year. We are excited to share this recent update on Eva in the following video published by NECN news.

Ballerina Puts Heart Into 'Nutcracker' After Surgeries
Freezing cold temperatures didn't stop the Massachusetts Army National Guard from donating sacks of toys to the hospital! Help us thank our incredible armed forces for bring smiles to our patient families and catch all the action from the 6th annual #ToyRuckMarch in this slideshow! Be sure to share your holiday photos with us!
For our photo of the week, we celebrate Kaylee, who was born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome and mosaic trisomy 22. She had a successful open heart surgery at Boston Children’s at 6-months old and is under the care of Drs. Whitehill, Bergersen and Kaza and the Heart Center team. We are thrilled to hear how great she is doing and love seeing her in this photo enjoying her play table. All...
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Tis the Season! This is a busy time of year with many holiday parties, events, and time with friends and family all centered around food. Erase the New Year’s mentality and get on track now by making mindful choices over the holidays. Look into these 5 tips for a healthy holiday season.
A new technology for cardiac MRI called "3-D cine" creates 3-D moving images of the heart, improving the experience for patients and enhancing data analysis for doctors. Learn more: [ Link ]
Do you have a friend or family member in the hospital during this holiday season? Parents from the Boston Children's Family Partnership program offer their top six tips on how you can help and what you can do to make a difference: [ Link ]
Meet Sofia from Virginia, our next December #MondayMilestone. You may remember her milestone post from last year when we celebrated Sofia taking her first step. Since that time, she received her first set of hearing aids, had her feeding tube removed, started preschool and celebrated her 3rd Birthday. What an amazing year! Read more about Sofia and share your own or your child’s milestone with...
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Sofia • Virginia