The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Hospital celebrated the opening of its renovated Family Room with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday afternoon, July 27.
The room was a gift from Dr. Allan Acton and his family, who spent several months in and out of the PCICU when their son Jack was born in 2010. Dr. Acton is the owner of Cary Family Dental in Cary, North Carolina.
At birth, Jack was diagnosed with Heterotacy Syndrome, a congenital defect that affects the arrangement of the organs within the chest and abdomen. Due to this condition, his heart formed with only two chambers, significantly impacting blood circulation throughout his body.
By age three, Jack had undergone three open-heart surgeries. Now eight years old, Jack is a lively and outgoing kid who continues to inspire and challenge others to remember what's important in life.
The Actons hope this room will provide a place of rest for families with similar stories. To view a video of the dedication, visit https://www.facebook.com/carydental/.
A before-and-after photo of Jack is framed in the new PCICU Family Room, located on the 4th floor of the Duke University Hospital.
For more information on Duke Health, visit www.dukehealth.org. To learn more about Cary Family Dental, visit www.carydental.com.
Contact: Meaghan Langston