Texas Children’s friends and supporters attended last spring’s Forum Luncheon, which highlighted the amazing work of Texas Children’s Heart Center, ranked No. 1 in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery for the second year in a row by U.S. News & World Report.
The luncheon took place at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston, and the program highlighted the story of Tenley Kennedy, who was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition when her mother, Kelly Kennedy, was 20 weeks pregnant.
Kelly shared Tenley’s incredible story with luncheon guests, recalling that she and her husband had vowed that they would never give up on their baby girl. The team at Texas Children’s Heart Center never gave up either.
Tenley’s condition is called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. As a result of her disease, Tenley spent most of the first two years of her life at Texas Children’s Hospital. She had many setbacks, and there were times when things were really touch and go.
Eventually, she was placed on the list to receive a heart transplant, and the real waiting game began for her and her family. On May 10, 2017, their wait was finally over, and Tenley received a new heart.
Tenley is now 3 years old, and she is thriving at home with her parents in Louisiana. She comes back to Texas Children’s regularly and continues to receive care and treatment from the Heart Center team and a host of other specialists as well ― and they all continue to be inspired by her indomitable spirit and her infectious smile.
“Texas Children’s Hospital saved Tenley’s life, and we are forever indebted,”