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"Dakota's Story: A New Heart" Videos

Dakota enjoys a fun moment with Lindley, a CVICU nurse

Nothing holds Dakota back - not even congenital heart disease.  Learn about this spirited ACH patient's journey and even meet a few of her favorite stuffed animals! Watch the video below to see Dakota's experience in which Dr. Thomas Best introduces us to the spunky, but very sick 8-year-old who keeps her medical team in stitches as she waits for a heart transplant. Dakota and her mother Melanie turned their stay on the ACH Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit into an adventure complete with lemonade stands and a toga party! Dakota received her life-saving organ transplant in August and was soon the picture of good health, after seven months at ACH. Dakota and her family look forward to life with her new heart, which she's even nicknamed. Everyone at ACH is excited to have been a part of the Dakota Experience! Learn how the family later found out their little girl would receive a new heart.