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.
Mya was 15 months old, and on a family vacation to Disney World, when she went into heart failure…
Riley was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy days after being born. She was immediately placed…
Emery was born on July 30, 2008, with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Her parents received the…
Kaleb was born on June 9, 2015 perfectly healthy, we thought. Around 2 months old we started to notice he was…
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 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.
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!…
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…
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…
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 was born healthy but when he was 8 he developed persistent flu like symptoms that prompted a visit to our community hospital…
Brody was born healthy but fell into cardiac arrest at just seven weeks old…
Graeson was born happy and healthy in 2010. He always had perfect yearly check-ups and was hardly ever sick…
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.