Laith was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a complex congenital heart defect where the structures on the left side of the heart are small and underdeveloped.
Laith and his family came to Nationwide Children’s Hospital from their home in Maryland for his treatment to seek care from Dr. Mark Galantowicz and his team, as well as to receive surgery without blood transfusions due to their religious beliefs. Laith is three years old and has so far endured three open-heart surgeries, six heart catheterizations and two major strokes. Despite this rough start to life, Laith has continued to progress and amaze everyone. Recently, he has even started gymnastics.
“Without the support and services found at Nationwide Children’s, we are sure Laith would not be doing so well today. Dr. Mark Galantowicz, Dr. Darren Berman and the entire staff have been invested in Laith and our whole family since before he was born and we feel like we’re ‘home’ when we are under their care. While we know Laith will continue to need surgeries and follow-up care throughout his life, we know we are in great hands with the team at Nationwide Children’s,” says Austria, Laith’s mother.