Daniel was born in November 2006 with Tetralogy of Fallot, ventricular septal defect and pulmonary artery atresia;three potentially fatal congenital heart defects.

His first couple months of life were terrifying to Daniel's family. But they had tremendous confidence in Dr. John Kupferschmid with Pediatric Specialists of Texas' Congenital Heart Surgery program and a team of heart specialists at Methodist Children's Hospital of South Texas* in San Antonio.

"Not only is Dr. Kupferschmid an excellent doctor, but he really cared for my child. When I look at him now, I see him as an artist-;stepping back and admiring his living work," says Mary, Daniel's mother.

After two major surgeries, Daniel is thriving. A happy, funny and mischievous little boy, Daniel has an excellent prognosis and continues to amaze his family and healthcare team with his progress.

Read more about Daniel's story and Mary's work to help other families whose children have congenital heart defects and heart disease at Mended Little Hearts of San Antonio.