Madeline's Story

"When I learned I needed a new heart, I was kind of upset," Madeline explains. "I loved my old heart!" At just 17, Madeline had been through a lot: heart failure, multiple heart surgeries and even a stroke when she was told it was time for a transplant. For a patient who's had multiple heart surgeries, a transplant is very high risk and not just any hospital is willing - or equipped - to handle it. But Madeline was in good hands. John's Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute has been a leader in heart transplantation for nearly 20 years.

Now with her new heart, for the first time, Madeline gets to focus on the things she can do, and not worry about what she can't.