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First-ever Global Burden of Congenital Heart Disease Study Published

Because more children with congenital heart disease are surviving, nearly 12 million people are living with congenital heart disease around the world. This is an increase of 18.7% since 1990. The number of deaths attributed to congenital heart disease has declined by 34.5% since 1990, from 398,580 to 261,247. Kavinaya (1) was born with a … Continued

Aishwarya’s Story

Aishwarya’s mom: As long as my daughter is healthy, it is enough for me. Photos by Scott Streble Revathi from the Indian city of Tirupur was worried and frightened when the youngest of her three children, 5-month-old Aishwarya, was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. She and her husband took their baby girl to a pediatrician … Continued

50th Anniversary Year: Our Top Five Stories from 2019

2019 was our milestone year, our 50th year as an organization. Since 1969, when a first child was flown from Vietnam to Minneapolis for lifesaving heart surgery, we’ve been committed to treating children with heart disease. Thanks to our dedicated partners and supporters, our 50th year was a successful one. We saved and improved the … Continued

50 Years Blog: Two People Who Led Children’s HeartLink During an Era of Great Change

John Cushing and Elizabeth Perlich Sweeney were close partners in improving medical care for children with heart disease around the world. John served as Children’s HeartLink’s international program director for almost three decades, and Elizabeth became president of Children’s HeartLink in 2002, leading the organization for over 10 years. Together, they led changes to our … Continued

Welcome to Our Board of Directors, Taryn Lynch

  We’re delighted to welcome Taryn Lynch to our board of directors. She is an Audit Partner at Deloitte and its leader in the health and life sciences sector. Taryn has spent almost 30 years serving all sectors in the health care industry. In addition to coordinating international audit teams, she has served as the … Continued

50 Years Blog: Sofia Receives Barbie and Healthy Heart in Minnesota 

  Sofia Mourtzopoulou and Besse Maragos, 2019. Photos by Cori Miller Photography   Thirty-eight years later, Sofia Mourtzopoulou from Greece made a return trip to Minnesota, the place that changed her life forever. In 1981 Sofia celebrated her sixth birthday at a hospital in Minneapolis, without her parents, while she waited for heart surgery. Her parents … Continued

Get to Know Jeff Evanson, Children’s HeartLink’s Board Vice Chair

Jeff: It is unimaginable that there are families with no access to the medical care their children need Jeff and his family   Jeff Evanson’s initiatives and enthusiasm inspire others to get involved with Children’s HeartLink. In 2020, he is going to support Children’s HeartLink while competing in an Ironman triathlon! He wants other athletes … Continued

Children’s HeartLink Receives Governor’s International Trade Award

  Children’s HeartLink is one of five Minnesota organizations that received the 2018 Governor’s International Trade Award on Thursday, November 7. This award is given out each year to honor Minnesota companies that “have excelled in the international marketplace.” “These are the companies that are not just ones who created jobs, innovated, improved international trade, … Continued

Volunteer for 23 Years: Dr. Joe Dearani Receives Founders Award

    Dr. Joseph A. Dearani from Mayo Clinic received Children’s HeartLink’s Founders Award during our gala in Minneapolis on October 25, 2019. He has been a Children’s HeartLink medical volunteer for 23 of our 50 years. This annual award was established in honor of our founder Dr. Joe Kiser, to recognize individuals who demonstrate extraordinary … Continued