Roslyn Rivera is an adult living with CHD whose experience as a patient in the hospital led her to become a pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse. She was diagnosed the day she was born with partial atrio-ventricular septal defect and underwent open-heart surgery at
3 years of age to repair this defect. At 10 years old, she had her 2nd open-heart surgery to
replace her mitral valve with a mechanical valve.
Roslyn currently works as a Nurse Educator for the Novick Cardiac Alliance, which is a non-profit organization. With a team of international medical professionals, she travels to developing countries to provide cardiac care and surgery for children. Roslyn has worked with teams taking care of children with heart disease in Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Iraq, Libya, Iran, Ukraine and Russia. She has witnessed the worldwide impact of CHD and strives to provide education and support for those living with CHD.