Le Bonheur Saving Little Hearts

Dec 02, 2015, 15:25 ET from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Delivering on a Promise is a publication highlighting Le Bonheur Children's Hospital's newest programs, research breakthroughs and innovative ways of caring for children. The Fall 2015 edition features the story of Jack Crowell, who was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a congenital heart defect in which the left ventricle of the heart is underdeveloped, affecting normal blood flow. Within days of his birth, he was transferred to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital where surgeons and physicians at the Heart Institute prepared for a Norwood surgical procedure, the first of three planned surgeries Jack would need to "rewire" his heart.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Towbin, executive co-director of the Heart Institute, was recruited in 2015 to partner with Dr. Christopher Knott-Craig, chief of pediatric cardiac surgery and executive co-director of the Heart Institute, to continue to deliver some of the best surgical outcomes in the country. The two are developing destination programs and recruiting sought-after experts to build them. In the next five years, the Heart Institute will expand destination programs: including,

  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Cardiomypopathy/Heart Failure
  • Cardiovascular Genetics
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cardio-Oncology
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Single Ventricle Service
  • Sports Cardiology
  • Obesity

When Jack's parents, Saralyn and Mark Crowell, learned of his diagnosis, they were relieved and assured he would get the best care at Le Bonheur's Heart Institute. Jack's mother, Saralyn said, "We knew they could save his life."

Learn more by viewing Jack's story, photos and a range of specialties provided at Le Bonheur's Heart Institute. Also featured in the article is information about Le Bonheur's Heart Institute physician and surgeon Jeffrey A. Towbin, M.D. and Christopher Knott-Craig, M.D. Delivering on a Promise is published three times per year and can be viewed at www.lebonheur.org/promise.

About Le Bonheur Children's Hospital                                                                                  
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., treats more than 250,000 children each year through community programs, regional clinics and a 255 bed state-of-the-art hospital.  Le Bonheur serves as a primary teaching affiliate for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and trains more than 350 pediatricians and specialists each year. Nationally recognized, Le Bonheur is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children's Hospital. 

For more information, please call (901) 287-6030 or visit lebonheur.org. Connect with us at facebook.com/lebonheurchildrenstwitter.com/lebonheurchild or on Instagram.com/lebonheurchildrens.

Media Contact: David Henson, David.Henson@lebonheur.org, 1-901-287-6030

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SOURCE Le Bonheur Children's Hospital