JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012 A PUBLICATION FOR THE NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER COMMUNITY
Beatrice De Gea
Molly, a four-month-old infant who had surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center to repair a hole in her heart, receives a warm welcome from her twin brother, Jack, as they are reunited at home.
An Infant with a Damaged Heart and Her Heartbroken Parents Find a Team of
Cardiac Specialists Who Give Their Story the Happiest of Endings
After years of trying to conceive with fertility treatments, Nancy Frankenberg, 47, and her husband, Josh
Parker, 48, decided on one more round, using donor
eggs. This time, the stars aligned. Nancy not only became pregnant, but with twins—a male and a female.
“We hit the jackpot,” she told family and friends.
Five months passed in joyful anticipation. Then
came an omen—an abnormal finding on an ultrasound.
A missing artery in one of the umbilical cords, often
a sign of congenital anomalies, brought the couple to
N YU Langone Medical Center, where they consulted
Achiau Ludomirsky, MD, the Andrall E. Pearson
Professor of Pediatric Cardiology and chief of the
Division of Pediatric Cardiology.
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a large hole between the left and right ventricles and
obstructed blood flow to the lungs. The condition occurs
in 0.4% of the population, but open-heart surgery, ideally
performed at four to six months of age, can repair the
defect. “It was incredibly scary,” recalls Frankenberg.
“I couldn’t stop thinking that she could die in surgery.”
They coped with their anxiety by planning for the births.
“We’re both strong people and not ones to obsess,”
explains Parker, who, like his wife, works in sales.
The Less Stressful Stress Test
and Other Weekend Options
As Seven-Day-a-Week Services Expand,
Patients Are Afforded Ever More
Choices and Conveniences
Perhaps the only thing more stressful than undergoing a medical test or
procedure is making the time for it amid so many personal and professional
obligations. N YU Langone Medical Center has found a way to help: offer patients
more options than ever to tend to their healthcare needs during off-peak hours.
While N YU Langone’s caregivers have always been on call 24/7 for emergency
procedures, the expansion of nonemergent care marks an important step toward
becoming a true seven-day-a-week hospital, with the entire Medical Center
humming at full capacity day in, day out.
The Medical Center has been gradually shifting its operational center of
gravity, with roughly half of its diagnostic, clinical, and surgical services now
ramped up for weekend duty. “Saturday and Sunday services are not meant to Nuclear stress tests, conducted in the Jean & David Blechman Cardiac & Vascular Center, are
just one of many diagnostic tests now available on Saturdays.
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