Colin G.

My son, Colin Ryan Greenwood, was born on October 31, 2004, at Saint Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates, IL. I had to have an emergency c-section, so I was in the hospital for 4 days. On the third day of our hospital stay, a nurse notified me that Colin sounded like he had a heart murmur. She assured us that it was common and to just tell the pediatrician on his 1 week visit. My heart sank into the pit of my stomach. They said that his heart was enlarged and that blood wasn't flowing out properly. They called Children's Memorial and got us a room, and that evening we were checked in to the hospital. The staff did more testing and determined that he had a rare congenital heart defect known as ALVT, or aortico-left ventricular tunnel. They sat us down and explained all about the defect and the procedure that had to be done. They told us he would need surgery the very next day. On November 19th, 2004, Colin underwent his heart surgery. After surgery he was in the PICU until November 26th when they moved him to a regular room. The next day he was discharged. Colin was lucky enough to be discharged free of taking any medication. The doctors were pretty surprised about how well his recovery went and especially surprised that he needed no meds after leaving the hospital. Without the help from all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Children's Memorial, I don't know what I would have done. This was the most difficult time of our lives and the people there made it so comfortable for us. They are very caring and took the time to make sure all of our questions and concerns were met.

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