North Texas teenager with heart defects avoids second open heart surgery with new procedure – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

HALTOM CITY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Staying healthy has always been a constant challenge for 13-year-old Adam Roberts of Haltom City.

He was born with several different heart defects. He also had his first open heart surgery just 15 days old.

“It was a tough road because he had so many different meds and respirators at the start,” said Jamie Roberts, Adam’s mother.

In March, Adam was facing a second open heart surgery until cardiologists at Medical City Children’s Hospital decided to try something new: Doctors make a small incision in his leg and use a wire to place the valve.

After a three-hour procedure, Adam was able to return home after one night.

Adam Roberts (credit: Roberts family)

Open heart surgery reportedly kept him in hospital for at least a few weeks. His mother says the new technology has helped save her son’s life.

“I just knew it would be easier this time around,” Rogers said. “On your mother’s psyche, you don’t want your child to go through anything. “

“I’m just happy that I didn’t have to be cut again. I thought I couldn’t get over it and it was just a relief to be lucky enough not to die, ”said Adam.

The eighth grader plans to return to school in person in August. This will be the first time he has returned since last March.