Before his birth in 2005, doctors had detected a major anomaly in his heart. Immediately after he was born, Joseph was admitted into the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was monitored and tested for several days. Joseph’s diagnosis was complex including Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arties and Hypolplastic Right Heart Syndrome. At eight months old, a cardiac catheterization indicated that Joseph was in need of surgery. At that time he underwent the Glenn procedure after which he remained in CHOP’s Intensive Care Unit for two weeks. Joseph did very well for the next two years, and at age three, he underwent his second surgery: the Fontan.
Today Joseph is a happy and energetic little boy who loves animals, skiing, and fishing. Because Joseph’s heart now functions as a single ventricle, his family expects that there will most likely be issues for him as he grows, but they all remain highly positive and committed to helping Big Hearts fund the research that will save Joseph and so many other children like him.