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Baby Anthony“We could not have asked for a better medical team,” said Luis, (Anthony's Dad) They cared for Anthony as if he were their own.”

Little Anthony was only days old when doctors in Sigonella, Italy, made a discovery that would send his family on an international trek in search of hope and healing.
Born in Sicily, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Navy, Anthony’s tiny heart was so riddled with defects that Navy physicians advised the family to seek care at a naval facility in Portsmouth,Virginia, and made arrangements for transporting the family. Luis and Mariluz and their ailing newborn were flown first to Germany and, later,Washington, D.C., in November 2010.

With the support of the U.S. Navy, the family’s search led them to The Congenital Heart Institute at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital – one of the leading heart programs in the nation known for its innovative techniques.
Dr. Redmond P. Burke, Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Nicklaus Children's, said
Anthony’s eight-hour procedure was groundbreaking. Anthony’s arteries exiting his heart were improperly connected and cow veins were used to create new Anthonyarteries. In addition, several holes needed to be repaired and valves replaced. “We really had to rebuild about half his heart,” recalls Dr. Burke. It was one of the most complex procedures in a high-profile career with many firsts.
The result was a happy one for the family. Local news crews visited the family on Veterans Day to celebrate the successful surgery, and Anthony was able to leave the hospital to stay with relatives in Miami eight days later.
“Anthony can look forward to a normal life,” said Dr. Burke. “We appreciate that Anthony’s father was protecting our children and our country. We were honored to take care of his child.”

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For more information about The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital or to make an appointment, please call (305) 662-8301.
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Recognition and Outcomes Tell the Story

The Heart Program provides care for more children with congenital heart disorders than any other hospital in Florida and has been ranked among the nation’s best for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News & World Report.

What’s more, The Heart Program has cardiovascular surgery outcomes that are among the very best in the nation, according to a U.S.News & World Report assessment conducted as part of the most recent ranking.

Nicklaus Children's Heart Program is a qualified participant in Aetna’s Institutes of Excellence™  network.

A Distinguished History of Saving Little Hearts

During the 1960s, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, became the first facility in Florida to perform pediatric open-heart surgery. Over the years, the hospital has continued to build on this tradition of leadership and excellence in pediatric cardiology.

In 1995, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, recruited top cardiac physicians and surgeons in pediatric cardiology to oversee new services that included Florida’s first dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, a state-of-the-art Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program, and, later, a Clinical Research Program and Electrophysiology Program.

The Ultimate in High-Tech meets High-Touch

The Heart Program offers the most advanced diagnostic, surgical and interventional techniques and equipment for treatment and management of pediatric cardiovascular conditions. The pediatric cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories are the most technologically advanced in existence, allowing The Heart Program to offer children the latest innovations.

While in this high-tech arena, children and their families are at the center of a multidisciplinary medical effort. They are surrounded by a team of doctors, nurses and staff who know, through years of experience, just how to meet the special needs of the tiniest patients, as well as how to support families in managing the stress of having a child in a critical-care setting.

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