Each year, one percent of all children in the U.S. are born with a heart defect.

The Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital ranks among the elite in the United States and Canada for patient care and outcomes in congenital heart surgery with a 97.1% survival rate for all cases. In collaboration with pediatric sub-specialists at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, the affiliated team provides comprehensive care for newborns, children and adolescents, with a smooth transition into adult congenital cardiac care.

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The Children’s Heart Institute is capable of providing a continuum of care from prenatal diagnosis to delivery through childhood, with a smooth transition into adolescent and adult specialty care.

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Children's Heart Team


Our experienced multidisciplinary team provides hands-on care to help your child live a healthy life. Because when it comes to you and your child’s health, there is nothing more important to us.

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In The News

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    Texas teen survives cardiac arrest with quick-thinking rodeo attendees

    HOUSTON (February 22, 2022)

    The Houston Chronicle featured Dugan Chandler, a patient of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital who went into sudden cardiac arrest after participating in a rodeo event. Christine Meliones, Pediatric & Family Nurse Practitioner with UTHealth Houston commented on Dugan’s story. ...

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    Complex Neonatal Heart Program

    HOUSTON (February 21, 2022)

    Dr. Damien LaPar, pediatric and congenital heart surgeon at UTHealth Houston and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, shares with KPRC2 / Click2Houston how he can help newborns with complex heart conditions live their best possible life

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    Congenital Heart Defects Q&A

    HOUSTON (February 17, 2022)

    In this Houston Chronicle article, you will find answers to the most common questions about congenital heart defects, including diagnosis and treatment and how parents can best support a child living with a congenital heart defect.

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    Fighting Children’s Heart Disease

    HOUSTON (February 16, 2022)

    Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Avichal Aggarwal and pediatric and congenital heart surgeon Dr. Jorge Salazar at UTHealth Houston and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital discuss fighting heart disease in children and the latest advancements in treatment on ABC13.

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    9-year-old boy relates to the Grinch after dealing with congenital heart defect

    HOUSTON (December 20, 2021)

    Kingston Murriel is a 9-year old boy who was born with a heart defect where his heart did not grow properly, causing the right ventricle to do all the work. Most of these children end up needing a heart transplant. Dr. Jorge Salazar, professor of cardiovascular surgery with McGovern Medical Schoo...

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    CDC: Cases of heart inflammation in young adults from vaccine are very mild

    HOUSTON (June 23, 2021)

    Dr. Avichal Aggarwal, pediatric cardiologist with UT Physicians and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, talks about the link between COVID-19 and myocarditis in teens.

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    Mother's instinct saves newborn baby with 'scrambled heart syndrome'

    HOUSTON (March 23, 2021)

    Dr. Jorge Salazar saves the life of an infant with a scrambled heart.

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    For twin born with half of a heart, Houston doctors perform life-saving string of surgeries

    HOUSTON (March 22, 2021)

    Dr. Donna Goff and Dr. Jorge Salazar talked to the Houston Chronicle about treating a twin born with half of a heart with a string of surgeries.

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    This team puts their whole hearts into caring for those of their patients

    HOUSTON (February 25, 2021)

    Dr. Jorge Salazar talks about children and heart disease.

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    Boy from Honduras receives lifesaving heart surgery in Houston

    HOUSTON (October 18, 2018)

    Within a month, 2-year-old Jose Gabriel traveled to Tomball and received surgery that changed his life before heading back home. Gabriel and his mother, Kerly Gabriela, were flown into Houston by HeartGift, a nonprofit organization providing lifesaving heart surgery for children around the world ...

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    Local teen back home after life-saving heart surgery

    HOUSTON (October 10, 2018)

    Abigail Franklin was born with a rare congenital heart defect called Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries and is now at home recovering after that surgery. Abigail had her "Double Switch" surgery two weeks ago at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. “Abigai...

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    Keeping his heart in the game

    HOUSTON (October 3, 2018)

    At birth, Ethan weighed 9 pounds 14.6 ounces—larger than the average newborn. After a difficult delivery at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Julie Page and her husband, Brent, were told that their baby boy was born with a heart defect.

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    Saving Beau: 3-month-old with hole in his heart now healthy

    HOUSTON (July 31, 2018)

    A 3-month-old baby who underwent surgery at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital for a congenital heart defect is now back home with his family.

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    The Gift of a Healthy Heart

    HOUSTON (December 5, 2017)

    Participating physicians and medical practices contribute 100 percent of their fees and services to HeartGift. In Houston, HeartGift works with doctors affiliated with Memorial Hermann Health System and The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth). This year, Ilhan was HeartGift-Houst...

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    Girl from Mongolia comes to Houston for heart procedure

    HOUSTON (July 6, 2017)

    Sarangoo Menjargal, 11, traveled all the way to Texas from Mongolia just to get proper treatment for the atrial septal defect she has.

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    Rare medical procedure helps young ball player return to field

    HOUSTON (February 6, 2017)

    A rare, innovative open-heart surgery performed by Dr. Ali Dodge-Khatami at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital fixed an 8-year-old’s heart and had him back on the baseball diamond a month later.

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Heart Heroes

  • Patient Flora Sandt

    Miracle at the Children’s Heart Institute: Flora Sandt Avoids a Heart Transplant

    June 14, 2022

    At the age of 5 months, Flora Sandt was already sitting and starting to roll, and she could push herself up on her belly and look around. She is the third child of Rebekkah and Justin Sandt, and based on their experience, she appeared to be meeting her developmental milestones. Then she caught a ...

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  • Ryder

    Ryder’s Story: Our Son’s Courageous Heart Journey

    May 24, 2022

    When Falon was 23 weeks pregnant, she was very excited about her next ultrasound and couldn’t wait to catch a glimpse of Ryder on the ultrasound screen to see how much he had grown since his last anatomy scan. At first, things were going well. Then, the atmosphere in the room abruptly chan...

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  • Kingston flexing at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

    Thanks to Doctors Who Aim High, Kingston Murriel Has a Whole Heart and a Full Life

    April 25, 2022

    Born with a hypoplastic left ventricle too small to function normally, Kingston Murriel was treated in Jackson by Jorge D. Salazar, MD, and Avichal Aggarwal, MD. For many children, the safest accepted option for a single-ventricle heart is to undergo staged surgeries culminating in a Fontan proce...

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  • Isabella’s Story: A Complex Neonatal Heart Patient and Her Mother’s Whole World

    February 25, 2022

    Sweet Isabella was held by her mother Jessica for just a few moments before being whisked away for her first heart surgery at just 14 hours old. Born with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum, half of Isabella’s heart was severely underdeveloped causing major issues with blood f...

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  • Alshammari

    16-year-old Avoids Heart Transplant With Innovative Biventricular Conversion Procedure

    October 1, 2021

    Rasheed Alshammari had been on the waiting list for a heart transplant at a California hospital for over a year. When the surgeon who was to perform the transplant left the hospital, Rasheed was removed from the list.

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  • Mason Mims

    Mason Mims: A Normal, Whole Heart and a Bright Future

    August 9, 2021

    Karen and Taylor Mims spent the first six years of their son’s life trying to accept the fact that he was born with half a heart and would eventually require a heart transplant. Now, thanks to an innovative procedure being performed by affiliated pediatric heart surgeons at Children’s...

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    Redefining Wholeheartedness: Faith, Hope and a Nontraditional Approach Save Newborn’s Life

    February 9, 2021

    Kemberlee Burgert's baby was diagnosed with Ebstein anomaly, a rare congenital heart defect in which the tricuspid valve, the valve between the upper right chamber (right atrium) and the lower right chamber (right ventricle), isn’t formed properly, allowing blood to leak back into the right atriu...

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  • Twins Camryn and Morgan pose together

    Camryn and Morgan: Identical Again

    February 9, 2021

    At her 8-week maternity check-up, Chanelle Smith and her husband, Patrick, were surprised and delighted to learn that Chanelle was carrying identical twins. At 28 weeks, Dr. Ramos identified a small hole in the heart of one of the babies. Additional tests revealed that the baby suffered from a co...

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  • Photo of Abigail

    Abigail’s Story: Life-changing surgery for a rare heart condition leads to a reimaged future

    April 6, 2020

    Abigail’s heart condition was one that started before birth and worsened with time. She suffered from a heart defect called Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries (CCTGA), a rare condition in which the connections of her heart developed backwards. But a life-changing sur...

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  • Cason Cox

    Cason's Story: Boy Born With Half A Heart Undergoes Innovative Procedure Giving Him A Normal Heart

    April 22, 2019

    During her 20-week ultrasound, Savannah’s obstetrician diagnosed that her unborn baby’s heart was abnormally small and referred her to a maternal fetal medicine specialist. The specialist ordered a dedicated fetal echocardiogram (“echo”), a specialized ultrasound of the fe...

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  • Caleb Cante

    Caleb’s Story: Successful Emergency Surgery for Obstructed Pulmonary Vein

    August 7, 2018

    A well-orchestrated chain of events saved the life of Caleb, a newborn with a rare and very serious congenital (present at birth) heart defect. Fortunately, that chain was populated by an experienced and collaborative team who worked together seamlessly to diagnose, transport and treat the baby. ...

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  • Salazar Hanfland Gant Family

    Hayes’ Story: Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis

    February 2, 2018

    Hayes appeared to be a perfectly healthy newborn. Three hours after birth, however, a nurse who was listening to his heart through a stethoscope heard an abnormal heart sound – a heart murmur – indicating a possible heart problem. A cardiologist ordered an echocardiogram (diagnostic cardiac ultra...

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  • Mason Brown

    With A Heart Full of Gratitude: A Former Patient Thanks The PICU

    March 1, 2016

    Erinn Brown was 34 weeks pregnant when she realized something was wrong with her baby. An ultrasound showed that the left ventricle of the baby’s heart was very small and nearly nonexistent. Brown’s doctor referred her to The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital....

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  • Jordan looking out

    Jordan’s Story: Stroke at 16

    February 6, 2015

    During a routine football practice Jordan suddenly felt dizzy and showed signs that something was wrong. He was immediately taken to Memorial Hermann where affiliated pediatric neurologist Dr. Ian Butler along with neurologist Dr. Nicole Gonzales diagnosed Jordan as having had a stroke. Later aft...

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