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Your support of the Children’s Fund makes heart surgery safer and more effective for children with single ventricle defects.

Michael Ma, MD, Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Pediatric Cardiac Surgery), received a Pilot/Early Career Award from the Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI), which is funded in large part by the Children’s Fund. Thanks to the generosity of our community, MCHRI provides promising researchers with the resources they need to get their careers started.

In the photo below, a member of Dr. Ma’s lab experiments with mounting a tricuspid valve in a 3D-printed heart simulator. By replicating the hearts of children born with single ventricle defects, the team aims to identify corrective actions before any surgery takes place.

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