CryoValve Patient Stories


Luis Angel Mercado

Age: 9, Student
SynerGraft Patient
CryoValve SG Heart Valve

"With the help of the CardioStart International Organization, on Friday, April 15th Luis received a small 7mm homograft as a two cusp onlay patch to surgically correct Tetralogy of Fallot."

Luis successfully recovered and was subsequently discharged four days later with a very satisfactory improvement. The valve was sent as part of our CryoKids program to the Dominican Republic in November 2015.


Candy Murray

Mother and Nursing Student
SynerGraft Patient
CryoValve SG Heart Valve

“I got used to being in the hospital and I got used to the whole idea of it. When I was fifteen I was expecting to have more surgeries throughout the rest of my life.”

Candy was diagnosed with VSD (shortness of breath) which is when she says she knew something was wrong. “I would make Jessica (her daughter) carry a load of laundry down the stairs for me because I couldn’t do it.”