Phillip Reiter

Children’s recently became the first pediatric facility in the state to offer the Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve implant to children. Eleven-year-old Phillip Reiter had the procedure on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010.

With a small tube the size of a marker (called a catheter), surgeons enter the femoral (upper leg) vein. This new procedure means children typically are in the hospital for just a couple days, rather than one week as with open-heart surgery.

Phillip went home only days after undergoing this new procedure, and is doing great. “He’s breathing so much better. The care we got at Children’s was so personal. We feel very blessed,” his mother, Lori Reiter, said.