Meet our March Patient of the Month, Theodore. Theodore was diagnosed with cleft palate, cleft lip and a heart problem when he was only 18 weeks old. After he was born, Theodore had to be admitted into the NICU to be able to perform the necessary surgeries for him to live a healthy life.
When she was just 18 weeks pregnant, Micheleen, learned that her baby would be born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped, as well as a cleft palate and cleft lip. A resident of North Florida, Micheleen and her fiance, Tyler, researched surgeons and hospitals that could treat their baby's condition, and landed on Nicklaus Children's Hospital, a nearly 10-hour drive from home.
Baby Theodore (or Tad, for short), was born in Miami a few weeks early and was brought to Nicklaus Children's by our LifeFlight team. At just 3-days-old, Tad had his first open heart surgery. At just 4-months, old, Tad has had several complicated surgeries and procedures, but he keeps fighting.
Help Tad and other patients like him get the expert medical care they need by making a donation to Nicklaus Children's Hospital below.