2.19.2008

CHD Awareness Week

I was looking through some of the HLHS links and saw that this week is Cogenital Heart Defects awareness week. There are so many interesting things that I didn't know about... here are some interesting facts about CHD's taken from a site to petition the media to raise more awareness. If you'd like to help by signing the petition, please visit this link: http://www.gopetition.com/online/16298.html

-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.
-Only one penny of every dollar donated to the American Heart Association goes towards congenital heart defect research.
-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 found most of this information of another blog, http://ethanscottmiles.blogspot.com/. Check it out if you want!

3 comments:

Mythreesons said...

Thanks for the links, Bugs.. I of course got completely lost in more links from those links. Reading their stories can be so inspiring. We pray for you guys every night! I love you Bugs!

Mythreesons said...

I got caught up in baby Annabelle.. she is so beautiful! We have to make sure and have lots of cute socks and bows for your little girl too!

Sara & Company said...

I too get lost in the various links and blogs and am inspired by the love and hope! We love you