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"They saved two hearts that day -- Lucy's and mine."

Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel | Heart Care, Children's

When Lucy Bell was born with a heart defect, her doctor sent her to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.

Only four weeks old, tiny Lucy had heart surgery; afterwards she slipped into cardiac arrest. It took 30 minutes of CPR from pediatric cardiologist Marc le Gras, M.D., to keep her alive. Even then, it was touch and go –– doctors gave Lucy a 3 percent chance of living through the night.

“I went into shock,” recalls her mom, Molly Bell. “I was shaking and shivering … they had to put blankets around me.”

For three days Lucy survived only via a sophisticated heart-lung machine known as ECMO –– ready on the Legacy Emanuel campus 24 hours a day for kids and adults.

After numerous surgeries, little Lucy survived. Now, years later, Lucy is happy child with a promising future. “She’s a miracle,” says her mom. "They saved two hearts that day — Lucy's and mine.”

She and her family are still thankful about the care they received through the Children's Heart Program at Randall Children’s Hospital.“I wouldn’t let my family go anywhere else,” Molly says. “It’s such an amazing place.