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· 1 in every 100 babies is born with a heart defect


· 220,000 heart valve replacements are performed each year


· Thousands of other heart surgeries are performed on babies and children needing arteries and veins

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· Multiple surgeries are required as these artificial heart conduits and replacements are outgrown and/or calcify


· Each surgery involves the use of the heart-lung machine and blood transfusions


· Risks include strokes, heart stoppage, infections, blood clots and a lifetime of monitoring and medications