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Adult Survivors with Neurological Problems

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Heart to Heart with Anna

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Due to the complexity of the surgeries needed to help people with complex congenital heart defects, it is not uncommon for some survivors to suffer some neurological insults resulting in cognitive delays or even permanent neurological damage. How do parents of children with heart defects and neurological problems cope? What can parents do as their children become adults but are not able to function as adults? What kind of considerations need to be made for these children? Kathy Keller is the mother of an adult transplant survivor who has suffered two strokes and has dealt with neurological issues for a good deal of his life. Tune in to hear how Kathy and her husband Dennis have coped with this situation, what interventions Garrett has undergone to try to undo some of the damage caused by the strokes and what Garrett's prognosis is for the future.