Dell Children’s Surgeon Repairs Rare Heart Defect in 4-Month-Old

baby colton campbellApproximately 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart problem requiring medical treatment, something that Colton Campbell’s family knows firsthand. Erin Campbell was 32 weeks pregnant with Colton when doctors detected a heart problem. The baby was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a complicated and rare series of heart defects that affect the organ’s structure.

When Surgery Is an Option

Thanks to advances in maternal medicine and technology, conditions like the one Colton had can be found before a child is born.

Pediatric cardiovascular surgeons can often correct the heart defects that stem from Tetralogy of Fallot, which is why Colton had open heart surgery when he was just 4 months old. Camille Hancock Friesen, MD, Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Dell Children’s Medical Center performed the successful surgery.

“I think we now have this whole new era of being able to help quality of life be better and better for these children, their siblings and their families,” Hancock Friesen said.

These days, Colton is a healthy, happy 9-month-old who keeps his family smiling.