Kimberly Connell

Highlands, Texas Show full bio

Kimberly Connell is from Houston, Texas and lived in Bryan College Station when she was diagnosed with a heart murmur at the age of 12 . She was not able to do as much as she wanted— she could not play with her friends, run or do the normal middle school age kid activities.  Once or twice a month she made the trip to Texas Children’s for 6 hour visits for routine ultra sounds, EKGs, x-rays, blood draws and treadmill tests. At 16, no one could tell anything was wrong but her heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomopathy without obstruction prevented her from playing basketball or participation in the ROTC. In 2015, Kimberly became pregnant with a heart functioning at only twenty percent and delivered her beautiful son Isaiah in August. Unfortunately, he passed away a month later and while Kimberly was dealing with the loss of her child, she was also struggling for her life. She was transferred to the Texas Heart Institute and received a heart transplant in 2017 and today she is feeling better than she has ever felt and giving back to other women through the support group. Women’s Stories from the Heart: Kimberly Connell

Texas Heart Institute Positions

  • WomenHeart Houston Support Network Coordinator, (Class of 2017), Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health