From the First Moment Deacon’s Parents Trust Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

January 11, 2023

Deacon, JDCH patient

“When we went to Joe DiMaggio’s ER, we had no idea our infant was in heart failure,” said Brandi, Deacon’s mom, “but immediately I felt like he was in good hands.”

There were things going on with Deacon that we needed to sort out, said Maryanne Chrisant, MD, medical director, Pediatric Cardiac Transplant, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy. His heart function was depressed, and genetic testing confirmed he had Barth syndrome, an extremely rare condition primarily in boys.

While Brandi said Deacon’s diagnosis was a shock, especially since there is no cure, she was relieved the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Heart Institute doctors had seen it before. “Dr. Chrisant just made us feel at peace,” Brandi said. “She was confident in our care plan.”

Together with the family we devise a step-by-step plan to treat the symptoms, said Svetlana Shugh, MD, medical director, Ventricular Assist Device Program.

“One year there were more than 170 visits,” Brandi said. “And in all of those moments, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital was there for our family.”

Moments that Count - Deacon’s Barth Syndrome Story

Moments that Count - Deacon’s Barth Syndrome Story

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