A Heartfelt Message of Gratitude

Dear Mr. Davenport,

The story I have to share is exactly 32 years old. A mother never forgets the feeling when she is told her son was born with a congenital heart defect and will need open heart surgery.

I remember looking out the windows of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit watching Schneider Children’s Hospital being constructed. In the meantime, construction had been completed inside this child’s heart born with transposition of the great vessels. My son Brian was 9 months old and 11 pounds at the time of his surgery.

Buzzing like bees were all these doctors and nurses around this special child. Kudos should be given to all personnel who helped Brian to restore his health. He was attended by our pediatrician, pediatric cardiologists, pediatric heart surgeons, pediatric heart special nurses and the pediatric nursing staff in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

With all the exceptional care he received, Brian soon recovered. This month he will turn 32. He is still in contact with the same cardiologist who has known Brian since he was 13 hours old — a long relationship! Today, Brian leads a productive and happy life.

After 32 years, not only has Brian grown into a great young man, Schneider Children’s Hospital has become Cohen Children’s Medical Center and heart centers are opening throughout the Long Island area. The growing of facilities and professionals for children’s heart care is brilliant.

Let me say a “heartfelt” thank you to all. Please keep growing to help all future children.


Roberta Finkelstein

Founding member of Big Hearts for Little Hearts


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