When we were first told about Jack's condition at 20 weeks along in my pregnancy, we told our parents the news and spread the blanket of the fearful unknown over my family and loved ones. My Father, having already spent years in Cardiology due to his (unrelated) heart problem, called up his long-time friend and cardiologist, Dr. Don Doty. Dr. Doty told my dad right off the bat that when we went to Primary Children's we were to request Dr. John Hawkins, because "he was the best." Dr. Doty had actually trained under Dr. Norwood- of the "Norwood Procedure," so his recommendations were taken seriously. We were privileged to meet Dr. Hawkins and have him perform the first (and the most important) surgery on Jack. The first stage of the Norwood is high risk, and only 70% survive. Dr. Hawkins was there when Jack was 5lbs 14oz, with his incredible hands, fixing Jack's broken heart. We will ALWAYS have a special place in our heart for him, and will be forever grateful.
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