Victoria Jones spent a good part of her early days as a patient at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital for treatment of a metabolic disorder that required a special diet and feeding every four hours.
She also had breathing difficulties because her lungs were not completely developed.
By the age of 8, she was back in the hospital diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently.
Victoria’s pediatric cardiologist, Carissa Baker-Smith, MD, MS, MPH, says when medicines failed to work, Victoria was put on a heart pump to push blood throughout her body, becoming the youngest child at UMCH to receive a left ventricular assist device.
After six weeks, Sunjay Kaushal, MD, PhD, director of pediatric cardiac surgery, performed a heart transplant.
Victoria turned 9 in September 2016 and Dr. Baker-Smith says Victoria is doing great with her new heart.
CARISSA BAKER-SMITH, MD, MS, MPH, is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Pediatric Cardiologist in the Children’s Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.
SUNJAY KAUSHAL, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Director of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Co-Director of the Children’s Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.
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