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I Had Heart Surgery: Noah's Story
Like quite a few kids, 9-year-old Noah needed heart surgery when he was a baby. There are many kinds of heart problems; the one Noah had is called truncus arteriosus. That means his heart wasn't set up right to do its job — to pump blood around the body and make sure that oxygen-rich blood gets to every single cell.
After two surgeries when he was little, Noah's heart is working great. It's possible he might need another surgery when he's older, but he can do normal kid stuff with no problems. He likes to rock climb, ride roller coasters, and go on school field trips.
We talked to him about what it's like to have a heart problem.
When did you learn that you had a heart problem as a baby?
How old were you when you had the surgery to repair your heart?
Do you have a scar and has anyone ever asked about the surgery you had?
What do you want other kids and people in general to know about heart problems?
What kind of special checkups do you get?
Do you have any restrictions or limits on what you can do?
What would you say to another kid who is going through heart problems?
What grade are you in?
What do you like about school?
What do you dislike about school?
What's your favorite food?
What's your room like?
What is your favorite sport or activity to do?
Reviewed by: Gina Baffa, MD