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1 in 100, Kinley is a heart warrior


“My heart started to race. My husband and I looked at each other with tears in our eyes and rushed down the halls of Tucson Medical Center into the NICU. Our team of heroes, TMC doctors and nurses, surrounded Kinley’s bassinet trying to get IV lines in to administer prostaglandin to keep Kinley alive.” Stacy Lipinczyk retells those frightening moments…

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Update on Killian, a heart warrior

Heart Warrior Killian – Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week


Killian is a typical four-year old. He loves trains, dogs, spending time in home improvement stores, and mechanics of all kinds. At four years old he is his parents’ pride and joy. Killian is also a survivor with a major open-heart operation for each of his tender years. Each surgery has been to address a congenital heart defect he was born with. At birth Killian’s chances of…

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Killian – Update on a Congenital Heart Defect Warrior


February is Heart Awareness month. Mention heart disease or heart surgery and one may automatically assume that it is an older person, perhaps one who has lived a life full of rich indulgences resulting in heart disease. But the truth is that many heart diseases and defects are present at birth. Congenital Heart Defects are the most common birth defect…

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Killian's Mama Speaks Up – A personal perspective on being part of your child's healthcare team

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Illness can be incredibly isolating. Even with immense support from family and friends, when a diagnosis or condition arises, reaching out to those who know from first hand experience how difficult it is, can provide critical comfort. We share stories so that others may know they are not alone.  Killian’s Mama Bear Speaks Up is the second of a series…

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Killian the Warrior

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Illness can be incredibly isolating. Even with immense support from family and friends, when a diagnosis or condition arises, reaching out to those who know from first hand experience how difficult it is, can provide critical comfort. We share stories so that others may know they are not alone. Killian the Warrior is the first of a series of shared…

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