“We fell in love with the cardiology staff from the moment we walked in the door,” said Brooke, Hope’s mother.
Hope’s journey at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital began in June of 2009, where the family went for a second opinion on their six-week-old daughter’s heart condition. “We fell in love with the cardiology staff from the moment we walked in the door,” said Brooke, Hope’s mother. Hope had her first open-heart surgery at just three months old. Her doctors, Dr. Fiore and Dr. Jureidini, both believed that Hope would not require another surgery for many years. Hope’s heart had other plans. “One year later, at one of her routine heart checkups, Dr. Jureidini noticed that a pressure number was high on her echo readings,” Brooke said. It was determined that scar tissue was building up quite rapidly through her outflow tract and a second open-heart surgery would be necessary. At almost a year-to-the-day from her first surgery, Hope underwent her second open-heart operation. The operation was a success and today she is a thriving, typical, almost three-year-old little girl. The family is now moved to yearly visits to the Dorothy and Larry Dallas Heart Center.