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Transitioning to adult CHD care: Elizabeth’s heart story

Gaining independence with managing one’s own medical care is a process that most people must experience as they become adults. For those who receive specialty care, the process – called...

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Ezra’s Doernbecher Story

Ezra and his mom, Andra, have been “frequent flyers” at Doernbecher since 2019, when Ezra was diagnosed in utero with a congenital heart defect (CHD) called hypoplastic left heart syndrome...

Ashlynn’s Doernbecher Story

When she was 5 years old, Ashlynn was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, which is when there is high pressure in the pulmonary artery and lungs, causing the right heart to work harder....

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Get to know Dr. Yoshio Otaki

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and the OHSU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery are excited to welcome Dr. Yoshio “Yoshi” Otaki to our Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery team. Dr....

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The heart of kings: Kingston’s Doernbecher story

Kingston was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Today, he’s almost 6 years old and is coming up on the one-year anniversary of a heart...

Left: Young man holding blue, purple, gold and black Air Jordan 14 Retro sneaker. Right: Same person, older, holding the sneaker and standing in a bedroom. Football jersey behind him reads "Ellis #39."

Every sneaker has a story

2019 was a big year for Ethan Ellis: he got a new heart, and he designed a Nike sneaker. Ethan was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He underwent three...

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Finding community at camp

Twelve-year-old Alijah was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). He’s been treated at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital since he was born, and has...

Team Axel: taking on Pompe disease together

Every week, a small blond boy walks through the double doors of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital’s hematology oncology clinic. It’s Axel, and he’s here for his “muscle juice” (an...

Heart restart

Playful fitness is possible for kids with heart conditions For parents of children who live in the shadow of a congenital heart problem, even simple activities can cause a knot of anxiety. Even...