In 1964, Betsy was born with a hole in her heart. The staff at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia followed Betsy and her diagnosis as she grew up. As Betsy got older, doctors realized she had stopped growing. She got very sick and lost a lot of weight. So sick that she was missing half of school. In 1972, when Betsy was 12, CHOP performed a successful heart surgery to repair the hole in her heart.

Betsy spent about a month in the hospital recovering from her surgery. She remembers that the nurses and staff at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were always reassuring – making Betsy feel comfortable through the entire process. She had a miraculous recovery. When Betsy recovered, she was able to skip and do things that she wasn’t able to do before. Today, with medical advances, surgeries like Betsy’s are performed on infants.

Below are pictures of cards that Betsy’s classmates sent to her while she was in the hospital.

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