Eli Maroquin was born Aug. 17 with a life-threatening heart disease called total anomalous pulmonary venous return.
If it weren’t for an article George Piazzi read while sitting in the waiting room, he might never have met the surgeon he now credits with saving his life.
The now 50-year-old San Antonio native had learned that week, in March 2013, that there was a significant mass in his chest, but the cardiothoracic surgeon to whom he’d been referred was out of town so Piazzi didn’t have an appointment until later that month. Then, he read an article in MD News about the UT Health Science Center’s Dr. Daniel DeArmond.
One out of every 100 children is born with a heart defect. That translates to 34,000 kids a year. Not all of those children survive.
When Leanne Ray was born she had a heart defect that didn't allow parts of her body to get the oxygen it needed.
She had her first surgery when she was one, and the second when she was three. Now, 20 years later, she's getting to meet the surgeon who saved her life.
Leanne Ray met Dr. John Calhoon many years ago as a young girl.
It was a meeting she didn't remember but today is a day she'll never forget.