Stories about: Dr. Catherine Ullman Shade

After a second chance, Lincoln is growing by leaps and bounds

Lincoln, a heart patient, poses with Buzz Lightyear and Woody
Lincoln and friends

“You’re the best mom ever,” is music to any mother’s ears. But when 6-year-old Lincoln spoke these words to his mom, Amber, for the first time just a few weeks ago, she totally lost it — in a good way.

“I never thought he’d be able to say that,” Amber says. “Thanks to his team at Boston Children’s Hospital, he’s come so far in just a few years.”

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Helping heart patients overcome developmental issues

Focus on Boston Children's Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: PATRICK BIBBINS/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

If you have a child with congenital heart disease (CHD), you’re likely well-versed in the medical issues your child may face. But many parents don’t realize their children born with CHD may also be at risk for developmental problems.

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