HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children is celebrating its 20th anniversary of its pediatric heart program and 100th week of surgeries in August. Kapi'olani teams with leading pediatric cardiac specialists from Rady Children's Hospital San Diego and community physicians from Kaiser Permanente and Tripler Army Medical Center to perform some of the most technologically advanced pediatric heart procedures available.
The team assembles at Kapi'olani during Heart Week, about five times a year, to perform these life-saving procedures, saving families the stress and anxiety of traveling to the mainland.
Keegan Passos is a heart patient at Kapi'olani and served as the 2014 Children's Miracle Network Champion Child for Hawai'i. He is also a member of the Kardiac Kids support group at Kapi'olani and the all-boys group that performs the haka.
Diagnosed with a heart defect in utero, Keegan received life-saving care from Kapiolani Medical Center. Now 16, Keegan's had three open heart surgeries and now wears a pacemaker. He finds support through the Healing Hearts mentor group, where he in turn provides support and encouragement to his peers facing medical challenges.
Keegan finds support through the Kardiac Kids Program at Kapi'olani. There, he and other teen mentors provide support and share insights with other young children who face medical challenges.