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Congenital heart disease is not only in pediatrics — it’s diagnosed more often in pediatric age — it can extend to the age of 91, 92, or 100. So my oldest patient has been 91 years old, and my youngest patient has been a premature baby. But majority of the procedures that I would do in a year — so 70 percent of them — will be pediatric patients.
When I rotated through pediatrics, I just fell in love with the babies. I thought that’s the way to go. And cardiac was — through all my medical school actually I wanted to deal somehow, one way or the other, with the cardiac. And I think dealing as a minimally invasive surgeon, if you will, or an interventionist is the best possible way because the outcome is instant. So we go in, we have a very complicated hole to close between the lower two chambers of the heart, for example, and we can come back in 15 minutes and tell the family it’s closed. And the baby actually can go home probably tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. So it’s instant gratification, and it’s not for me — it’s especially for the parents. I mean you should see the light on their face and the smile they have. And then they keep sending you the cards. And every birthday and Christmastime, they send you cards thanking and show the progress, how their baby is growing. So that’s really what keeps us going.