Kids need regular check-ups. No one ever expects to hear anything concerning at one of these appointments. But when Deirdre’s pediatrician heard a heart murmur, she recommended that Deirdre be seen at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. An echocardiogram performed there revealed that Deirdre had Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). This is a heart defect characterized by an opening between the aorta and the pulmonary artery that should normally close on its own shortly after birth. For some kids, like Deirdre, the opening does not close. When the ductus arteriosus stays open, the blood vessels in the lungs have to handle a larger amount of blood than normal.
Deirdre needed surgery. Fortunately for the Ogilvie family, they were in the right place. The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has expertise, compassion and the most advanced technologies. As the leader in pediatric care, we offer cardiology services, cardiothoracic surgery, and everything else you would expect to find at a nationally-renowned heart center. Pediatric and adult patients with all forms of congenital heart disease and acquired cardiomyopathy have access to world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facilities. And all locations are staffed by pediatric experts who provide patients and their families with innovation and advancements not found elsewhere. John P. Cheatham, MD, Director of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Therapy and Co-Director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, performed Deirdre’s surgery.
“Nationwide is a wonderful resource, we could not have been happier with the resources that we had available to us. The professionalism and care that our daughter was given could not have been better,” says Deirdre’s father, Jeffrey.
Today, Deirdre is a happy and energetic four year old. She loves being outside, swinging, playing soccer and going on adventures.