Top Stories of 2022

Baby D'Shay with James Thompson, M.D., pediatric interventional cardiologist.

Baby D'Shay with James Thompson, M.D., pediatric interventional cardiologist.

As we welcome the New Year, we look back to our most engaging stories on in 2022. From honoring staff achievements to celebrating patient successes, we are proud to share these stories of victory and progress.

Big Hope for Tiny Baby with PDA

Doctors at Johns Hopkins All Children’s give hope to parents of a premature baby D’Shay with a potentially life-threatening congenital heart defect called patent ductus arteriosis (PDA). 

A Part of the Heart Institute Family: Noavah’s Story

Noavah has a smile and laugh that can turn any frown upside down, but she wasn’t always the happy baby she is now. A few days after she was born, Noavah was diagnosed with two congenital heart defects that affected her breathing and heart function. The team in the Heart Institute at Johns Hopkins All Children’s was there to help.

Ezra (Finally) Heads Home

The number 529 will always have a special meaning for Olivia and her family. 529 days after her baby Ezra was born, he is finally headed home from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for the very first time.

Dr. David Kays Offers CDH Families Hope

When David Kays, M.D., was a child, his mother gave him a book about medicine, helping to set him on the path to becoming a surgeon. Now he is one of the best in the nation at treating congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), and serves as medical director of the hospital’s Center for CDH, the nation’s first inpatient unit solely dedicated to treating CDH. 

After a Long Journey with Pain, Brielle Dives into Life

Fifteen-year-old Brielle struggled for two years with a mysterious pain in her arm before she was finally able to get relief from a unique pain clinic at Johns Hopkins All Children’s. Learn more about chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and how our dedicated Pain Management team helped Brielle to get fully back to the life she loves.

Born with Half a Heart but Full of Love: Asher Celebrates His 1st Birthday

During Rhenda's pregnancy, she learned her unborn baby had a significant congenital heart defect. Asher was born with half of a functioning heart, but after two surgeries, with one more on the horizon, the little warrior celebrated his first birthday just before Heart Month.

Mending Luca’s Heart

Mayuly and Daniel were pleasantly surprised to learn they were going to be parents of twin baby boys! But the news that followed soon after was a shock they weren't anticipating: one of the babies, Luca, had life-threatening complex heart disease.

For the Love of Marvin

Amid tragedy rises grace as our hospital came together for a couple (Sheldon and Victoria Clark) and turned their worst day, into the gift of life for others.