From patient to innovation engineer

By the time Mark Hanley was 14, he had undergone two surgeries to fix multiple heart defects. A year shy of high school, he learned he would need one more.

Mark’s mind was put at ease when Dr. Matthew Bramlet, a pediatric cardiologist at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, showed him a 3D model of his heart from Jump Simulation, a part of OSF Innovation, that would be used to plan his surgery.

“It was kind of an out-of-body experience, but it was reassuring knowing my surgeon was able to view my heart and get a better understanding of its anatomy before the operation,” said Mark. “My only concern was whether I’d be able to go to school and play baseball.”

The surgery was a success. Mark was able to go to school full time and play a variety of sports. Six years later, he is now an industrial engineering college student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In the summer of 2022, he returned to the place that showed him a model of his heart to pay it forward.

Paying it forward