Six-year-old Lizzie loves ballet, singing and playing with her little sister and friends. Resilient and determined Lizzie lives with a number of congenital conditions, including the congenital heart defect, transposition of the great arteries, profound hearing loss and pulmonary stenosis. Lizzie had her first open heart surgery when she was only five-days-old and had cochlear implant surgery at age one.
When Lizzie was born, she seemed to be a perfectly healthy baby girl. Less than 24 hours later, Lizzie’s new parents were informed that their daughter had a congenital heart defect known as transposition of the great vessels. The medical team at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital stepped in to save Lizzie’s life by performing an open heart surgery when Lizzie was just 5-days-old. As a result of her initial heart condition at birth, Lizzie also was diagnosed with pulmonary stenosis and ventricular septal defect, cardiac issues she continues to receive care for at Le Bonheur Children’s. Lizzie’s life took another turn when she was diagnosed with profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at 4-weeks-old. She had surgery to place cochlear implants one day after her first birthday.