(Glenn procedure, 4 months old - 2/12/2008 one day post-op)This week is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week, and I intend to spread awareness. After all, that's what this blog is all about- sharing my broken-hearted baby's story. Never in a million years did I expect this week would have any significance in my life....that is, until this day.
You never know what life has in store, but as we learned, CHD are much more common than you'd think. Here are a few quick facts about CHD's:
- CHD's are the number one birth defect and the number one cause of death from birth defects
- one out of a hundred babies are born each year with a CHD
- nearly twice as many children die from CHD's in the U.S. each year as die from all forms of childhood cancers combined
More research funding, more heart donors, more early detection and intervention, education and support. Pretty simple.
Stay tuned this week for more about CHD's...