Our son was born on 10/31/04. We were referred to a cardiologist after his pediatrician heard a distinct sound in his heart at his week check up. We visited the cardiologist on 11/15/04. After all the testings we were told to pack our bags and go to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago that evening. After 3 days of testing at CMH we learned our son had Aortico to Left Ventricular Tunnel or ALVT. A rare congenital heart defect. Dr Backer and his wonderul team performed open heart surgery on our baby boy on 11/18/04. He visits his cardiologist annually. He has leaky valves and a dilated aortic root. We learned on 4/18/10, at his last check up he now has a dilated aortic arch. He had an MRI at CMH in May/2010. They said he can resume normal activity and will go back to cardiologist in April and will need another MRI as well. Other then a scar, he is a VERY active boy.