Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CHD Awareness week Feb 7-14

7 Reasons I am happy to be a Mom to a child with CHD

No parent is happy to receive a diagnosis of CHD
but CHD is not a death sentence.

1. I don't sweat the small stuff anymore, or as much.
2. I snuggle a little longer at night when I tuck my child in.

1. Congenital heart defects are America’s #1 birth defect. Nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a CHD.

2. Congenital heart defects occur frequently and are often life threatening, yet research into them is grossly under funded.

3. More than 50% of all children born with a congenital heart defect will require at least one invasive surgery in their lifetime.

4. Congenital heart defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths.

5. There are 35 different types of congenital heart defects. Little is known about the cause of most them. There is not yet a cure for any of them.

6. This year almost 40,000 babies will be born with a congenital heart defect. 4,000 of them will not live to see their first birthday.

7. In the last decade death rates for congenital heart defects have declined by almost 30% due to advances made through research.

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