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Posted on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 : 10:32 a.m.

Dave Brandon talks about young granddaughter's successful open heart surgery at Mott

By Kellie Woodhouse

A story in The Detroit News profiles University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon's relationship with his 20-month granddaughter, who received open-heart surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.


Dave Brandon

Lon Horwedel | file photo

His granddaughter, Illeana Brandon, suffers from two heart defects and underwent a successful surgery in October.

“There are a lot of happy endings associated with what goes on at Mott, but not everybody does get the happy ending,” Dave Brandon told the News. “We were ... super lucky with Ilee."

Read the full News article.

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Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 1:30 p.m.

My hat is off to the staff at Mott's. you guys ROCK! best wishes to Illeana and her family!


Thu, Jun 13, 2013 : 5:24 p.m.

Our happy ending ended two weeks before our precious son's 3rd birthday but we will always support and respect the U of M CHC team and Dr. Bove Very happy to read about successful stories because nobody should experience the devastation of their child's death. Praying this family only experiences happiness and success on their journey of raising a heart child