Media Attention for Congenital Heart Defects Awareness !
Congenital heart defects are America's #1 birth defect. Nearly one of every 85 babies is born with a CHD in the US.
Congenital heart defects are the Number 1 cause of birth defect related deaths.
This year almost 40,000 babies will be born with a congenital heart defect in the US. 4,000 of them will not live to see their first birthday.
91,000 life years are lost each year in this country due to congenital heart defects.
The cost for inpatient surgery to repair congenital heart defects exceeds $2.2 billion a year.
Congenital heart defects occur frequently and are often life threatening, yet research into them is grossly under funded.
Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research.
More than 50% of all children born with a congenital heart defect will require at least one invasive surgery in their lifetime.
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.
In the U.S., twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.
I want mandatory heart screenings for all unborn babies because it could really save their lives. Many pass away because doctors failed to recognize their heart defects while in utero.
With the ratio of 1 in 85, it can really happen to ANYBODY. If this is not enough reason to ACT , I really don't know what would be !
It is for the future of our little ones so please join me and step in and step up to the plate for them.
I created a petition for Media Awareness for CHD and will send it out by the end of this year to many different resources of Media. But I need MANY signatures.....
Would you please help me and go to the link below ? It only takes one minute.
Thank you truly and may our Creator bless you and your loved ones
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