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For Immediate Release:
February 17, 2015
Media Contact:
Lidia Amoretti
Lidia.amoretty@jhsmiami.org
305-801-6556

PATIENTS REUNITE WITH DOCTORS AT HOLTZ CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOR CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT AWARENESS MONTH

Event Celebrates Children Born with Congenital Heart Defects Successfully Treated at Holtz Children’s Hospital
Who:

Holtz Children’s patient Nathan Rivera, and his mother, Marisol Rivera; families of children with congenital heart defects treated at Holtz; UM/Holtz pediatric cardiology physicians

What:

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is hosting an event to celebrate children who were born with congenital heart defects and successfully treated at Holtz Children’s. One of those patients is two-year old Nathan Rivera, who was born with tetralogy of fallot (TOF), a congenital defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. This condition normally involves four heart defects.

In December 2012, at just four months old, Nathan underwent open heart surgery. He is now undergoing occupational, physical and speech therapy. He will need a second heart surgery later on in life.

“Nathan is a normal kid,” said his mother, Marisol Rivera. “’I’m happy to see he’s doing well.”

Through Nathan’s story, the family hopes to teach others what they have gone through so they can help support other children who have these lifelong conditions. Other former patients from the Children’s Heart Center at Holtz will share stories, play games and celebrate their survival with their former caregivers including physicians, nurses and social workers.

When: February 18, 2015, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Where:

Jackson Memorial Hospital
Ira C. Clark Treatment Center
Room 270
In the corner of 12th avenue and N.W. 19th street

Editor's Note:

Media can park outside of DTC

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Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136