Keaton McGivney





Mom Seeks to Thank Albany Med ‘Hero’ Doctor

The look of happiness on Taryn Lisicki’s face matched the emotion in her voice as she shared the ultimate words of gratitude for Albany Medical Center and one doctor in particular.

“They saved my baby,” the new mom said. “How do you thank someone for that?”

From the moment her son Keaton was born in November 2012, he faced challenges.  His first life-saving surgery occurred when he was just hours old. His relationship with pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Neil Devejian, MD, was just getting started.

Keaton endured three cardiac catheterizations and a like number of major heart surgeries in his first six months, five of which were spent at Albany Med.

“I’m so grateful to every single person on the staff here at Albany Med,” Taryn Lisicki said. “But when Keaton was really sick, Dr. Devejian was the one who reassured me that Keaton would be OK.”

While Keaton is back home in Rensselaer now, his connection with Dr. Devejian and Albany Med continues nearly every day.

“In Keaton’s room, there’s a frame that says ‘My hero,’ and there’s a picture of Dr. Devejian,” his mom said. “Every morning when we go in to say our prayers, we visit that picture and I tell Keaton ‘He saved your life.’ We are so lucky to have him. He could be anywhere in the world, and he’s right here in Albany.”