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"We were on vacation in Orlando when our son Kai, who was 15 weeks old, started having fits. He was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, where they discovered a rare and dangerous heart defect. The doctors said Kai needed to be airlifted to Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, as soon as possible as they didn’t know how long he had left to live before his heart stopped working. That same night, a helicopter came to take Kai to Miami, while we drove down with our other three children. Early the next morning, we met Dr. Redmond Burke, who explained to us what was going to happen in surgery.

On 18 September 2003 (my birthday), Dr. Burke performed corrective surgery, which has been a great success. Kai had the best care before, during and after his operation. We spent about seven weeks in Miami and our 2003 vacation to the USA will be one that we will not forget. Thank you to all the staff at Arnold Palmer Hospital and Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, for saving the
life of our son.” 
 
Sharon - Kent, England
 

Latest Heart Program News

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Acquires 3D Printer to Support Pediatric Surgical Planning and Research

The hospital’s use of 3D printing technology has proven to be instrumental in creating surgical solutions for children with complex congenital heart defects, who had been considered to be inoperable using conventional imaging techniques.

The Heart Program at Miami Children’s Hospital Uses 3D Printing Technology

The Heart Program at Miami Children’s Hospital Uses 3D Printing Technology to Plan Complex Heart Surgery on Pediatric Patient

Athletes from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Receive Free EKG Screenings at Miami Children's Hospital

Athletes from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Receive Free EKG Screenings at Miami Children's Hospital 


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U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals 

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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