The following stories recount the experiences of individuals who received a Harmony or Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve (TPV). Medtronic invited these individuals to share their stories candidly. Caution: Results vary; your experience may not be comparable to the experience of these individuals.
Hunter was born a blue baby and was quickly diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot. He had his first open-heart surgery when he was about 10 months old. As Hunter grew older, the symptoms associated with his condition began to increase to the point that he would need a functioning pulmonary valve. When he learned about Harmony TPV, he said, "It was such a relief because it took open-heart surgery completely out of the picture." Now, he can get back to doing what he loves, which is taking pictures at the racetrack and capturing the stories of the drivers and teams. Watch the video to hear Hunter share his full story.
After receiving four open-heart surgeries before graduating high school, David was concerned when he once again developed pulmonary stenosis and learned that he’d need a fifth operation to relieve the symptoms. Now a husband and father, he felt the stakes were much higher. He was overjoyed to learn that he was a candidate for the minimally invasive Melody TPV. In fact, being a professional musician, David felt like receiving a “Melody” valve was his answer. Watch the video to hear David share his full story.
Born without a pulmonary valve, Juan Fernando received two open-heart surgeries by the time he was six months old. When he needed his pulmonary valve replaced in 2010, Juan Fernando and his parents were relieved to learn that — thanks to Melody — his valve could be replaced without open-heart surgery. Watch the video to hear Juan Fernando and his parents talk about how the Melody valve saved his life.
Speaking with Kim, you would never guess that this vibrant 52-year-old mother of three, who also owns two daycare centers with her mother, was born with multiple congenital heart problems. Doctors told her parents that they were not sure she would live. At that time, there were very few options available to them. But after five heart surgeries, Kim has thrived, thanks in part to her Melody valve.
At age 13, Miller was unable to walk a flight of stairs without resting, much less play actively with family and friends. His pulmonary valve conduit was failing, and a replacement valve was needed. Hoping to avoid open-heart surgery as long as possible, Miller's mom searched and discovered hope in Melody TPV therapy. Find out how life is going for Miller at age 21!
Dan is an active husband and father who enjoys snowboarding, martial arts, and volleyball. Born with a heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot, Dan had six open-heart surgeries by the time he was 19. After a near-death experience during the last surgery, Dan was determined to find a less-invasive option to replace his failing pulmonary valve.
When routine tests revealed six-year-old Zoe's pulmonary valve conduit was failing, her parents scoured the internet for an alternative to open-heart surgery. As Zoe’s condition deteriorated, she became listless and lost her energy and enthusiasm. At age six, Zoe received Melody TPV therapy, which delayed the need for her fourth open-heart surgery.
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