Now an energetic 8-year-old, you would never know that Charley encountered a life threatening heart condition as an infant. Fussy and restless, nothing would help soothe her. An x-ray at the age of five months should’ve shown whether gas had built up in her stomach. Instead, it indicated a serious issue with her heart. Charley was sent to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center for more tests. Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Carl Gumbiner diagnosed her with dilated cardiomyopathy.
Medication didn’t work. Charley’s small heart had weakened and she needed a heart transplant. Dr. Gumbiner worked to coordinate her care with a transplant center and within nine weeks of her diagnosis, Charley received a new heart.
She returned to Children’s after surgery and continues to receive close monitoring and post-transplant care. Her family is among those who are thrilled with the addition of heart transplantation at Children’s – appreciative and excited that “their” heart team is going to help other kids just like Charley.