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In the United States:
There are approximately 6 million pregnancies every year throughout the United States:
* 4,058,000 live births
* 1,995,840 pregnancy losses
1 in 2500 babies is diagnosed with CDH. That means over 1600 babies are born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia EVERY YEAR in the United States Alone.
With a 50% survival rate, 800 of those babies will die.
Today, and every day, at least 4 families will be devastated with the news of CDH.
The World Census Bureau estimates that in 2008 over 350,000 babies are born in the world every day = 147 babies will be born with CDH every day.
According to the IDB (International Database) from the U.S. Census site, 257 people are born every minute globally. That means that somewhere in the world, every 10 minutes a baby is born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Every 10 minutes.
1 CDH baby every 10 minutes.
These numbers add up to over a half million CDH babies since January 1, 2000!
No one knows the cause of CDH.
No one knows how to prevent CDH.
Hardly anyone knows what CDH is unless someone you love has been affected by it.
CHERUBS and the CDH Study Group are the only 2 organizations actively researching Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia on a global platform. CHERUBS is the only organization offering global support to families of children born with CDH, with members in 38 countries.
What can you do to help?
Raise awareness. http://www.cdhsupport.org/awareness, http://www.cafepress.com/cherubs, http://www.zazzle.com/cherubs
Donate to research. http://www.cdhresearch.org
Participate in events. http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/viewforum.php?f=184
Help support CDH families. http://www.cdhsupport.org