Abigail’s heart condition was one that started before birth and worsened with time. She suffered from a heart defect called Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries (CCTGA), a rare condition in which the connections of her heart developed backwards. But a life-changing surgery at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has helped the 17-year-old and her family realize a reimagined future.

The affiliated pediatric and congenital heart team at UTHealth Houston and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital performed surgery that changed the connections of Abigail’s heart to function as a normal heart would. The procedure greatly reduced, if not eliminated, the need for Abigail to have a heart transplant later in life.

“It makes me really happy and excited for the future now because I can now do anything that anyone else can do”.

Watch Abigail’s story to learn how the affiliated pediatric heart team has helped her thrive.

The Children’s Heart Institute is a collaboration between the affiliated physicians at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Typically, patients are seen on an outpatient basis at a UT Physicians clinic with all inpatient procedures performed at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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