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Congenital Heart Defects
You've probably run across an abbreviation for a Congenital Heart Defect that you were unfamiliar with. This list is an attempt to gather in one place as many of the recognized CHDs as we can, with their abbreviations and a laymans explanation of what they are. This list was created by searching the internet for sites about CHDs and then simplifying and combining all the information into one page. This list was not created by a doctor, and is for informational purposes only.

Heart Diagrams
The Heart Institute for Children (THIC)is dedicated to clinical excellence, education and research in the field of congenital and acquired heart disease in children and young adults. Clinical care includes the latest and the most advanced technology. Research is directed towards clinical cardiology as well as basic molecular biology.


Sister by Heart
Sisters by Heart is a HLHS support website run by heart moms. “We walk this heart path with our spouses, special heart children, non-heart siblings and each other. We are an ever-growing family. We are volunteers. And, it is our HEARTS' desire that our journeys will bring you guidance and HOPE in yours.”


The Dr. Mani Children Heart Foundation is a non-profit Trust created to raise awareness about Congenital Heart Defects and to raise funds to sponsor life-saving heart surgery for children from under-privileged families suffering from congenital heart disease.

C.H.I.N. is an international organization that provides reliable information, support services and resources to families of children with congenital heart defects and acquired heart disease, adults with congenital heart defects, and the professionals who work with them.

Circle of Hearts” is an online fundraising and awareness campaign designed to educate friends and family about Congenital Heart Defects, and raise money to support the programs and services provided by The Congenital Heart Information Network.

Heart and Coeur is an organization that provides information, support services, assistance to families of children with congenital heart defects and acquired heart disease, adults with congenital heart defects, and the professionals who work with them.


For many parents, hearing the heartbeat of their unborn child becomes their first, loving bond to that child. It's no wonder, then, that discovering that their child has a heart defect, whether diagnosed in the womb, shortly after birth or during childhood, can be devastating. Mended Little Hearts, a support program for parents of children with heart defects and heart disease, is dedicated to inspiring hope in those who care for the littlest heart patients of all. Mended Little Hearts offers resources and a caring support network as families find answers and move forward to find healing and hope.

It's My Heart
It's My Heart is a free 2004 resource book for patients and families affected by congenital heart defects. In plain, understandable language It's My Heart provides descriptions of the types of congenital heart defects and acquired pediatric heart conditions your child may face. Along with explanations of the various tests, surgical procedures, and treatments for CHD's, this book also contains helpful diagrams, a glossary of medical terms, and much, much more. It's My Heart was developed over a number of years by a dedicated group of doctors, nurses and parents in a collaborative effort spearheaded by The Children's Heart Foundation.

CarePages help family and friends communicate during hospitalization, or long-term care. It's free, private and easy to use. If you would like to read Severin’s care pages, register for free and then log in and enter care page name “severinbrenny”

Raising awareness is important because not only are most people unaware of CHD, the more awareness we raise, the more likely it is that people will give money to CHD research, which could improve the lives of our children and adults living with CHD. In addition, you never know when raising awareness could save a life. Go here for some helpful tips on how to raise awareness.


February 14th A DAY FOR HEARTS, a concerted global effort is being made to heighten awareness of this deadly group of diseases...offering information, resources and support to those whose lives have been touched by Congenital Heart Defects. Join us in helping to bring awareness and funding to CHD research.

The Congenital Heart Center at U of MI C.S. Motts Children’s Hospital offers state of the art diagnostic and treatment facilities. As an international referral center for children with complex congenital heart problems, approximately 850 heart operations are performed here each year. 

A diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome HLHS can be frightening and overwhelming. It is important to know that are there are options for babies with HLHS. Congenital Heart Disease Mayo Clinic Information

Atlanta, GA - Chidren's Health Care of Atlanta
Augusta, GA - Medical College Georgia Health System Children's Hospital
Austin, TX - Dell Children's Medical Center
Boston, MD - Children's Hospital Boston
Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati Children's Hospital - MC Heart Center
Columbus, OH - Nationwide Children's Hospital
Dallas, TX - Children's Medical Center Dallas
Detroit, MI - Children's Hospital of Michigan
Gainesville, FL - Shands Children's Hospital - UF
Houston, TX - Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa Children's Hospital
Kansas City, MO - Chilren's Mercy Hospital and Clinics
Los Angeles, CA - Children's Hospital LA
Milwaukee, WI - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Minneapolis, MN - Amplatz Children's Hospital
Nashville, TN - Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
New Orleans, LA - Children's Hospital New Orleans
New York, NY - Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY Presbyterian
Palo Alto, CA - Lucile Packard Children's Hospital - Stanford
Philadelphia, PA - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Pittsburgh, PA - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC
Rochester, NY - Golisano Children's Hospital
San Francisco, CA - California Pacific Medical Center Sutter Health
Seattle, WA - Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center
St. Louis, MO - St. Louis Children's Hospital
Washington, DC - Children's National Medical Center DC
Wauwatos, WI - American Family's Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

A Walk to Remember & Tree Memorial
Annual event taking place in October to lessen the isolation so often felt by parents who have lost a child. The event is brings families together who bring so much love and honor to their child’s memory.  “We walk for the steps they will never take.”

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. Often, it can be a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. The Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Often steps away from a pediatric or intensive care unit, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer a place to rest and regroup close to their hospitalized child.


The Angel with the Golden Glow

The Angel with the Golden Glow is based on the true, heartfelt story about a special little boy & his family. Lessons of life & beyond are portrayed beautifully in this magical children's tale. Join the Angel with the Golden Glow on his journey of love, joy & courage. Discover with him the power we all have to warm the hearts of those we touch...  

We purchased over 100 books called “The Angel with the Golden Glow” I have sent almost 20 out other families who have lost a child & the rest we are donating to U of MI hospital. What a sweet children’s book that we even find comforting to read. A heart family we know from email (littlehearts.org) sent it to us (thank you again Lois). It is just one of the many things we will do in the future in Severin’s memory. We will always be advocates of CHD awareness/research the #1 birth defect of babies!  - Amy Brenny


The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart...
Psalm 34:18

2 Hearts is a wonderful website by David McFarland, a heart transplant patient who brings encouragement & prayers to all who face the trauma of heart transplant or any other major heart illness. We thank David for his continued prayers and support for our family. God Bless you David!

Jerra's Angel Heart Fund
Jerra’s Angel Heart Fund

Ann Arbor, Michigan Location where we stayed when Severin was hospitalized. We thank them for their generosity and caring during our time of need.

Click here for a beautiful tribute page Keith Ballentine made in Severin’s honor.

Little Child - A special song recorded for the Brenny’s

Come with Me - A touching poem & goodbye...

Michael Czapek’s Tribute Page



A special thanks to IP House for the generous donation of this webspace so that we were able to put up our website in honor of our Angel Severin. If you are an individual or business looking for DSL or Web Hosting visit them at www.iphouse.com