High-tech care for healthy hearts
As the state’s only health system 100 percent dedicated to kids, Connecticut Children’s provides the same expertise, cutting-edge technology and research innovations as larger institutions – but close to home and part of an integrated health experience.
That includes minimally invasive procedures for patients like Jordyn.
In Connecticut Children’s Catheterization Lab, the doctor made a small incision in Jordyn’s groin and inserted a long, thin tube into a blood vessel. Using sophisticated imaging, they guided that tube to the blocked valve and inserted a small balloon into the opening, inflating it to push the opening wider and allow the valve to begin functioning properly. Then they deflated the balloon, pulled the tube out, and stitched up the tiny incision.
“From the imaging,” Bethany says, “they thought the percentage of closure would be in the 70s, but when they went in, they found it was much worse. In fact, that valve was 92 percent closed. They couldn’t believe she lasted as long as she did. We were lucky that the doctors were on their game and looked at her as quickly as they did.”