DENVER (CBS4) – Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect and while they are not common, they can create a lifetime of complications. Treatment has come a long way and now, at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, a special program has the ability to treat the condition at birth through adulthood.

“The really nice thing about it, as you follow them, and sometimes they get lost and you have to remind them to come back for that 50,000 mile checkup, but when you are actually able to keep them in the same center then you have all the results of the operations and the records and so it kind of made my job a lot easier to know what she had done previously,” said Dr. Immanuel Turner Chief of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery at RMHC.

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Dr. Immanuel Turner is talking about one of his more recent patients. A 46-year-old woman born with a congenital heart defect who just had what she hopes will be…

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