Children Stories

ENDURING HEARTS STORY

During a family vacation to Disney World, the Gahan’s 18-month-old daughter, Mya started having shortness of breath and ended up at a local hospital in Orlando.  Their seemingly healthy child was having heart failure and was sent immediately home to Atlanta where they were told she needed a heart transplant for a chance of survival.  Mya and her family waited for six months, living on the transplant list at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, before receiving the gift of life.

CHILDREN’S STORIES

Mya’s Story
Mya was 15 months old, and on a family vacation to Disney World, when she went into heart failure…
Riley’s Story
Riley was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy days after being born. She was immediately placed…
Grace’s Story
Grace was born on Easter Sunday in 2003 and was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as…
Emery’s Story
Emery was born on July 30, 2008, with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Her parents received the…
Kaleb’s Story
Kaleb was born on June 9, 2015 perfectly healthy, we thought. Around 2 months old we started to notice he was…
Eliot’s Story
Eliot was born a healthy baby. It wasn’t until Eliot was 15 and started having feelings that his heart was…
Everett’s Story
Everett’s transplant journey started while he was in utero. As first-time parents, Kelley and Jeremy Gray were beyond excited when they learned the news of their pregnancy.
Mallory’s Story
Mallory was born on April 24, 2012, as a healthy baby. Ten days later she was rushed to the hospital due to trouble breathing. After hours in the emergency room, Mallory was diagnosed with Myocarditis – an unknown virus was attacking her heart.
John’s Story
John received his heart transplant in April 2018. He had endured 4 open heart surgeries up to that point…
Miguel’s Story
Miguel was born with only half of his heart functioning His mother was terrified of losing him, but never lost hope that he would make it to this day!…
Adrian’s Story
Adrian was diagnosed with 3 heart defects at his 20-week anatomy scan…
Breyleigh’s Story
Breyleigh Elise Bannister was born on December 13, 2015. We knew in utero that Breyleigh had severe heart defects but we just did not know just how severe until birth…
Olivia’s Story
Olivia is a typical 13-year-old girl. At first glance, you would think she probably has a “normal,” happy life. As her mother, I can confirm that she has an abundance of Joy but “normal” couldn’t be farther from the truth…
Harry’s Story
Harrison (Harry Potter) is a 16-month-old, born with HRHS (PAIVS). Just 3 days after he was born his cardiologists discovered that he was completely missing his right coronary artery and was at high risk for SIDS. He was listed for transplant at 18 days old and we waited as an inpatient…
Rexford’s Story
Rexford received a heart transplant at Motts on Nov. 24, 2018. Before his transplant, he was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy on March 21, 2018, after suffering a cardiac arrest at school. Rexford was a healthy 8-year-old boy who played sports and lived a very normal life until that day.
Micah’s Story
Micah was 15 years old when he came down with a cold in December 2017. On January 12 he woke up in the middle of the night & said he was having trouble breathing…
Austin’s Story
Austin was born healthy but when he was 8 he developed persistent flu like symptoms that prompted a visit to our community hospital…
Mason’s Story
Mason was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome when his mom was 5 months pregnant. His first surgery was at 3 days old…
George’s Story
George is 3.5 years old and just recently received his second heart transplant…
Brody’s Story
Brody was born healthy but fell into cardiac arrest at just seven weeks old…
Gary’s Story
Gary is a 16-year-old sophomore who received a heart transplant at Vanderbilt Pediatric Cardiology 8 months ago in August, 2019.
Graeson’s Story
Graeson was born happy and healthy in 2010. He always had perfect yearly check-ups and was hardly ever sick…
Daphne’s Story
Daphne was born with HLHS in San Francisco. She was doing great for about a year post-Glenn surgery when she mysteriously went into heart failure…
Ellen’s Story
She fell into severe heart failure, was diagnosed with severe dilated cardiomyopathy, and received her new heart at just 9 years old.
Tripp’s Story
Tripp was diagnosed with Double outlet right ventricle, pulmonary stenosis and VSD at his anatomy scan at 20 weeks in utero…
Becca’s Story
Becca was diagnosed with a rare CHD, ALCAPA Syndrome before doctors realized she needed a Berlin Heart…
Townes’ Story
Townes was born with HLHS and received his new heart before he was two months old…
Leo’s Story
Leo was diagnosed with severe mitral valve stenosis and Aortic Arch Hypoplasia after his 20-week ultrasound detected an abnormality…
Quinn’s Story
Quinn was flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital at only one week old after going into cardiac arrest at a hospital close to home. Soon after arrival, she went through a procedure to place a central line. Quinn’s heart was so weak that the heart team wasn’t sure if she would endure the procedure. Quinn’s heart made it, but she was put on ECMO later that night.…
Zoey’s Story
was born March 22, 2019, she was born with a heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Her parents learned about this when her mom was getting her ultrasound at 20 weeks. Immediately after she was born, she was whisked away and needed to be started on medications to protect her heart.
Lilliana’s Story
This is Lilliana who is now 4 years of age. When Lilliana’s mom was about 6 months pregnant, she learned of Lilliana’s heart condition. Lilliana was diagnosed with Right ventricle tricuspid atresia. We all were unfamiliar with what exactly this meant…
Amiracle’s Story
Amiracle was born premature, weighing 4 ½ lbs and suffering from a condition called Pulmonary Atresia and only one coronary artery just this past September. After a very rocky start and major setbacks for this sweet girl, doctors determined that her best chance for survival was to be placed on the transplant list for a new heart…
A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDERS, PATRICK AND MADELYN GAHAN

When most people hear your child needs a heart transplant, they say something like, “Are you OK? I can’t even imagine what you’re going through.” And they’re right. They can’t. We don’t have to imagine. We created Enduring Hearts in 2013 after our 3-year-old daughter Mya received her life-saving heart transplant. We remember the days spent waiting for a donor heart, the bittersweet joy of finding a match, the whirlwind of surgery, and the uncertain recovery. They were the most challenging moments of our lives, but we made it through. We’re on the other side, and Mya is thriving. Of course, there are still challenges. But we believe you can overcome those same challenges – and that you and your child can make it through, too. We know every fiber of your body hurts, and we can’t take that away. But we can be here to listen, to lean on and to do what your well-meaning friends and family members can’t do, because they haven’t been in your shoes. Let us shoulder some of your pain by going on this journey with you. We’re in this together.