Patient Stories

The Amazing Carson James


Written by Ryan Hansen, Carson’s mom

Transposition of the Great Arteries

Our son Carson was born on September 11th, 2010. We were expecting a healthy baby boy based on how smoothly my pregnancy went. We were surprised when the Amazing Carson James was born.

Carson was born with a heart defect known as Transposition of the Great Arteries. Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) is a heart defect in which the two major vessels that carry blood away from the heart — the aorta and pulmonary artery — are switched (transposed).

Carson’s heart was not able to supply oxygen rich blood to the rest of his body and within minutes he turned blue.


Open-Heart Surgery at 4-Days-Old

After a quick helicopter ride he was admitted and diagnosed. We met Dr. Pophal and he explained to us that Carson would need to go to the cath lab and have a septostomy done - a procedure in which they make a hole at the bottom of his heart. Dr. Pophal was great and answered all of our questions.

Several days later Carson grew stronger and stronger. At 4-days-old he was ready for his open-heart surgery.

We met Dr. Nigro and told him how scared we were and he assured us that our son was in good hands.

Several hours later Dr. Nigro came in with a smile on his face and told us that Carson did amazing. Two weeks later we brought the Amazing Carson home.

The Amazing Carson Today

Carson is now almost 3-years-old and the happiest, sweetest little boy. He loves playing sports and keeping up with his two big brothers.

Our family thanks Dr. Pophal and Dr. Nigro every night in our prayers. Carson was so blessed to have such great doctors.

Carson is truly amazing...just like his doctors.

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