Doctors, Families Rally for Cure for Deadly Birth Defect

Parent's Perspective News Report of Saint Louis Children's Hospital Press Conference

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Why Breath of Hope Exists

Current statistics state that congenital diaphragmatic hernia birth defect occurs in 1 in 2,000 live births in the United States and accounts for 8% of all major congenital anomalies. With the rate of live births in the United States at 4,115,590 in 2004 (See, National Center for Health Statistics), this translates to approximately 1,800 live births with the congenital diaphragmatic hernia birth defect. Cystic Fibrosis occurs in 1 in 3,000 live births in the United States, and Spina Bifida has an occurrence of 7 in 10,000 or 1 in 1,478 live births. Currently, the general public has heard of both cystic fibrosis and spina bifida, although congenital diaphragmatic hernias occur just as often, with fatal results. Currently there is no other organization giving the support needed to those affected by the congenital diaphragmatic hernia birth defect, until now. © March 2007

1 comment:

Crystal said...

Isn't it amazing how so few of us ever hear about CDH until it's right in our faces? You have compiled an awesome resource here, and I am so happy to see how BoH is growing. I know it will continue to be a huge source fo support for those who have been affected by CDH.