DALLAS – After four months of exceptional care, colleagues wearing smiles, waving posters and blowing bubbles cheered on baby Grace as she discharged from Medical City Children’s Hospital.

Grace was admitted to the Heart Center in early December for surgery after being prenatally diagnosed with a complex heart condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) and pulmonary atresia with major aortopulmonary collateral arteries (MAPCAs). The conditions affect the structure of the heart and its ability to provide oxygen to the body. Medical City Children’s Hospital is among the top pediatric cardiothoracic surgery centers with the ability to repair cardiac abnormalities associated with rare congenital conditions.

Patient care teams lined the hallways to show 11-month old Grace, her mother and father their support. Some colleagues operated bubble machines while others held up signs of encouragement.

“I’ll say it over and over. We created friendships and bonds in this place but beyond that they took exceptional care of our precious daughter, Grace! I know she made a mark on so many people but without a doubt they made a mark on us,” said Ayrele, Grace’s mother.

The Heart Center at Medical City Children's Hospital provides peace of mind by offering advanced treatment options for neonates, infants, children, adolescents and adults with all forms of congenital and acquired heart disease. Early detection of a congenital (present at birth) heart defect allows careful panning of future care.