A WOMAN WITH SEVERE HEART PROBLEMS DUE TO CANCER TREATMENT
AND A BOY BORN WITH A HEART CONDITION TURN TO THE DREAM TEAM
FOR HELP, ON ABC�S �MIRACLE WORKERS�
�Arcila/Benoit� � A woman who has beaten breast cancer twice, but now suffers from a damaged heart because of chemotherapy, and a four-year-old boy who was born missing the left ventricle of his heart get help from the medical dream team, on �Miracle Workers,� MONDAY, MARCH 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. The procedures on each patient will be performed by Redmond Burke, M.D. and Billy Cohn, M.D., the series �dream team� doctors.
Editors please note: This episode replaces the episode entitled �Gibbs� which had been scheduled for this time.
After beating breast cancer twice, 56-year-old Priscilla Benoit of Lake Charles, LA faces the challenge of a lifetime when she discovers that the chemotherapy has destroyed her heart. Priscilla has to withdraw from her busy life of case-managing for a volunteer organization. Her husband, Jerry, stands by her side as she prepares her family for the chance that she might not survive. �Miracle Workers� dream team surgeon Dr. Billy Cohn has a state-of-the-art artificial heart pump that could save her life. A titanium pump placed on the heart works in conjunction with the heart�s remaining strength to continue the blood flow through the body. This new device is Priscilla�s only fighting chance to live.
Four-year-old Felipe Arcila of Miami was born missing the left ventricle of his heart, a condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Even Heidi, Felipe�s mother and herself a cardiac nurse, had not heard of this rare condition. Had Felipe not miraculously fallen into the hands of �Miracle Worker� dream team surgeon Dr. Redmond Burke, he would have died 10 days after birth. Dr. Burke has performed two parts of a critical three-part surgery to reconstruct Felipe�s heart and to save his life.
The amazing third part of Felipe�s heart surgery corrects the condition of a missing left ventricle by rerouting the body�s blood supply so that more blood flows through his heart. This allows Felipe a higher oxygen flow to his body, and the ability to start living a healthy and active life. The final stage is risky and demanding on a four-year-old, but is the crucial next step that Felipe and his family must face.
The regular �Miracle Workers� dream team includes lead doctors Redmond Burke, a pioneering cardiac surgeon who performed New England�s first heart lung transplant on a child; Billy Cohn, a cardiovascular surgeon who has been called the �Thomas Edison� of heart surgery for his impressive list of inventions that have changed surgery techniques; UCLA Medical Center nurse Janna Bullock and McLennan Community Recovery RN Tamara Houston.
Created by Renegade 83, �Miracle Workers� is executive-produced by Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (co-heads of DreamWorks Television), and David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe from Renegade 83 Entertainment. Scott Jeffress is co-executive producer. �Miracle Workers� is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.