February brings romance and CHD awareness!
Congenital Heart Defects awareness is the week leading up to Valentines Day, February 7 – 14. It occurs annually with the sole purpose of educating the public. CHD is considered to be the most common birth defect, and is a leading cause of birth-defect related deaths worldwide. Nearly 1 of every 100 babies are born with a CHD. There is estimated nearly 2,000,000 CHD survivors in the United States.
And this may surprise you – twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancers combined. Despite the fact that CHD affects approximately 1.8 millions families in the U.S., a relatively small amount of funding is currently available for parent/patient educational services, research, and support.
Did it surprise you? Well it did me…until it happened in my family. Isn’t that the way it is? There isn’t just one defect and to be honest I can only tell you with any knowledge about the one that affected us. It’s sad to admit that but it’s the truth.
My grandson was born with HLHS – hypo-plastic left heart syndrome. Families who have children with CHDs are thrust into a world of medical terminology, invasive surgery and days in a hospital where they do not know what to expect next.
Become aware. Respond. Support. Open your heart and love….it’s the month of both!