Alice Santos had been feeling tired for a while. Then, one day at work she was having so much trouble breathing that somebody had to call 9-1-1. She needed heart surgery, but she had already had one heart surgery and didn't want to have another one. Only when Dr. Andrea Natale reassured her that everything would be OK did she feel like she could go with the operation. Santos' success was made possible, in part, because of philanthropists like Maurice Kanbar, for whom the cardiac center is named.
An electronic engineer by profession, Roger spent his life designing and fixing systems. But he needed help when it came to repairing his own heart.
Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 2 years old, Carol has spent her life dealing with complications of the disease.
George Vaughn never had heart trouble until a sudden onset of ventricular fibrillation threatened his life.
Tyler was named starting quarterback of his high school football team. It was like a dream come true until the day he couldn’t catch his breath.
Looking at Ethan today, you wouldn’t know that he has endured three open-heart procedures.