Stories about: Dr. Puja Banka

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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Edleigh’s story: A repaired mitral valve, a happy toddler

Eddie, who had heart valve surgery, poses with her stuffed dog Prudence
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE PLAISTED FAMILY

Edleigh “Eddie” Plaisted is only 15 months old, but already cares for her own ward of patients, including Whalen, Ruffus and Prudence. Her stuffed animals are in good hands — Eddie has spent enough time around doctors and nurses to know how to keep her charges happy.

Eddie’s own medical care began before she was even born, when she was diagnosed prenatally with several congenital heart defects at her local hospital in Minnesota.

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Against all odds: Colin’s biventricular repair

Colin, who had a biventricular repair, climbs onto the table during his office visit.

Catherine and Julio Pita were already seasoned parents when they learned they were expecting their sixth child. But when an ultrasound at Catherine’s 16-week prenatal visit showed their baby had a hole in his heart, they were surprised and unprepared.

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Samuel’s heart: After four years and four surgeries, it’s the healthiest it’s ever been

Samuel, who had a biventricular repair on his heart, wears his heart hero costume.

When Samuel Guinn was born, his parents, Jennifer and Grant, expected at least one surprise. The couple from Jennings, Louisiana had chosen not to learn their third baby’s gender ahead of delivery. But soon after their beautiful boy’s birth, they got an unexpected surprise — he had a serious heart condition.

“Within an hour, the doctors noticed a heart murmur and transferred him to a larger hospital in Louisiana,” says Jennifer. “Once he was there, they diagnosed him with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) and a ventricular septal defect (VSD), but they couldn’t keep him stable, so they told us they wanted to send him to a bigger hospital in New Orleans.”

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