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Monday, February 7, 2011

CHD Awareness Week

CHD Awareness


February 7-14, 2011 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.

A Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) means a child is born with an abnormally structured heart and/or large vessels. Such hearts may have incomplete or missing parts, may be put together the wrong way, may have holes between chamber partitions or may have narrow or leaky valves or narrow vessels. There are approximately 35 different types of congenital heart defects.
**CHDs are the #1 birth defect in America, affecting approximately one in one hundred or 40,000 newborns every year.Each day 10,830 babies are born in the U.S.; 411 of them have a birth defect -- of those, 87 will be born with a congenital heart defect -- that's more than cerebral palsy (27), sickle cell disease (27), Down Syndrome (12), and oral/facial clefts (11) combined (total of 77). (According to the March of Dimes)

**CHDs are responsible for one third of all birth defect-related deaths, and sadly 20 percent of children who make it through birth will not survive past their first birthday.
In the United States, 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.


**For many children a new heart is the only option, but only about 30% of the children who need a heart transplant receive one in time. Elaine was one who was part of the 70% who could not wait long enough. In 2007 there were 327 pediatric heart transplants performed in the United States. The average heart transplant only lasts around 10 years.
(Elaine right after her 3rd open heart surgery)

What can you do?
RAISE AWARENESS
DONATE BLOOD
REGISTER TO BECOME AN ORGAN DONOR!


Support Intermountain Healing Hearts! At PCMC, there is a table set up for CHD week with fliers, books, information, and also toys and candy. We were also able to get a large sign hung over the parking garage. This sign acknowledges CHD week. We are slowly trying to get more involvement and awareness in our community. We hope you are all doing the same! You can also donate to Intermountain Healing Hearts on the website www.ihhearts.org, through paypal, or directly to the PO Box. Thank you to all!

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