Stories & Gallery

The Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society is recognized as a leader in congenital heart surgery research.  It is this research that leads to the hundreds of  inspirational success stories we hear about every year.  Many of our patients want to hear of stories just like theirs. This gallery is a collection of your stories and photos posted voluntarily by you.

These are the types of success stories that our research and heart surgeons make possible everyday.  Thank you to all for your continued participation in this very important endeavor!


We met Dr. Williams thirty years ago, when we arrived at Toronto's Hospital For Sick Children. Early that Monday morning, we flew from Calgary, AB with our very sick eight week-old son, Kel.  Dr. Williams’ talent and skill as a surgeon saved our tiny baby boy, born with Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage (TAPVD).

Bonjour! My name is Anne-Marie and I was born in 1979 in Ottawa. I was born with Tricuspid Atresia. I spent a lot of time in the hospital and had a couple of surgeries within my first days and a few more in the following years. Throughout my childhood, I was a seen at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). My major surgeries, however, were done at Sick Kids in Toronto (where I first learned to speak English, as I am French-Canadian).

The Beat Retreat is a camp for adults with congenital heart disease. It is run by the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (, a volunteer-run charitable organization that supports and advocates for patients of all ages with congenital heart disease. The camp is held on a long weekend in September at a camp in Eastern Ontario.