Jimmy Kimmel sparks conversation about Tetralogy of Fallot

 Photo by Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Photo by Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Newborns with undiagnosed congenital heart defects sometimes require their parents to refocus their happiness and joy, and temporarily hold their breath while doctors diagnose complex abnormalities. This was the case with late night television host, Jimmy Kimmel.  Kimmel delivered a touching monologue described his family's journey to discovering their son Billy's Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) and Pulmonary atresia, and Kimmel's own anxiety waiting for the first corrective surgery to finish. 

 

A blogpost from The Heart Center at St. Louis Children's hospital, taking a deep dive into the four characteristics of TOF. In the post, Chief of Pediatric CT Surgery at The Heart Center, Pirooz Eghtesady, MD, PhD, described everything in 7 minute talk. 

Dr. Eghtesady's partner at the Heart Center, Dr. Peter Manning, produced an instructional surgical video that demonstrates surgical repair of TOF