5-year-old is 1,000th open heart surgery patient at Dell Children’s


Dell Children’s recently performed a milestone heart surgery. The 1000th operation was performed at the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease at Dell Children’s.

5-year-old Mason had a congenital heart defect called partial atrioventricular septal defect. Dr. Charles Fraser, chief of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery at Dell Children’s, and his team repaired the defect on August 13, 2021.

Mason’s parents learned about their son’s heart defect when Susan Mims was 18 to 20 weeks pregnant. They knew this surgery was coming. Watch the story @KVUE.

The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease started in 2018 and is led by one of the world’s leading pediatric heart surgeons, Dr.  Fraser.

The pediatric heart program would not be possible without the clinical partnership between Dell Children’s and UT Health Austin. The program has recruited clinical leaders for complex surgeries, research and education, bringing together highly specialized providers in a team-based system of care.