Acton Family Gifts Family Sleep Room at Duke University Hospital
Acton’s son, Jack, was diagnosed at birth in 2010 with heterotaxy syndrome
The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Hospital in Durham celebrated the opening of its renovated family room with a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 27. The room was a gift from Dr. Allan Acton, D.D.S., owner of Cary Family Dental in Cary, and his family. Acton’s son, Jack, was diagnosed at birth in 2010 with heterotaxy syndrome, a congenital defect that affects the arrangement of the organs within the chest and abdomen. Due to this condition, Jack’s heart formed with only two chambers, significantly impacting blood circulation throughout his body. After his birth, Jack spent several months in and out of the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit and had undergone several open-heart surgeries by the time he was 3 years old. The Actons hope this renovated family room at Duke University Hospital will provide a place of rest for families with similar stories. Learn more at facebook.com/carydental and dukehealth.org.