Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CHD Awareness Week

I have learned about Congenital Heart Defects in my nursing career but never imagined my life would be foever changed by one. We found out about Parker's broken heart when he was one day old and our world was forever changed. CHDs are the most common birth defect and are the leading cause of birth defect related deaths each year. Parker has a pretty serious CHD called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome; HLHS occurs in 4 out of 10,000 births.

There is so much need for research, funding and education about Congeital Heart Defects. Most people have no idea how common they are or even know what they are until it affects them personally.

It is so important to raise awareness of this scary condition that affects so many families. So many families dont have the amazing story that we have. This week I am praying for those families who had to say goodbye to their sweet angel because of a CHD and praying for all the future babies who will be born with one.