Patient Stories

Meet Mackenzie

Mackenzie Story Mackenzie was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a rare congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.

Her parents, Jason and Kristin, share Mackenzie's story here, and their experience at OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois Congenital Heart Center – the state's only comprehensive congenital heart program outside of Chicago.

Meet Blaze


As a registered nurse, Angela Farnan has spent 32 years in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois where she cares for the smallest and sickest kids.

Along with her fellow OSF Mission Partners, she embraces each child as if they’re family. 

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Meet Ryli


Born with two congenital heart defects, Ryli VanHoveln was only 17 days old when she had her first heart surgery.

Since then, she's overcome every obstacle put in her path thanks to her loving family and OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

Meet Beau


After the Ruder family’s newborn twins, Beau and Brooklyn, received great care as premature infants in the NICU at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, the grateful parents wanted to give back.

Meet Myla


Clinical expertise and innovative engineering brought a new dimension to the treatment of a three-year-old girl.

Meet Dylan


A former congenital heart patient himself, Dylan gives back as a nurse in the pediatric ICU.


Myla's 3D Printed Heart

Myla 3D

See how our 3D printed heart technology guided Myla's surgery.


WMBD News Coverage of Myla