Aryelle Congenital Heart Defect

Doctors noticed a slow heartbeat during a routine visit one week before Aryelle was to be born.
Shantelle, Aryelle’s mom, was sent to Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies for an in-depth sonogram and soon after delivered Aryelle by cesarean section.

Not long after delivery, doctors discovered the bottom two ventricles of Aryelle’s heart were switched. She was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Right Ventricle and would need multiple open heart surgeries to correct her congenital heart defect. Her first open heart surgery at five days old led to complications that kept her on a ventilator for three more weeks, and in the hospital for nearly two months.

Thankfully, her second open heart surgery, at six months old, was successful and she was out of the hospital in just five days. She has had one additional open heart surgery since then, and her cardiologist and pulmonologist at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children regularly monitor her progress.

More than $1.5 million of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ funds have been utilized by The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to fund surgical, diagnostic and catheterization lab equipment to help more kids like Aryelle.