Thursday, July 21, 2011

Daily CDH Vote Reminder - Meet Cherub Osmund "Oz" Wyatt Kidd-Ward

Please Vote Today - This is your daily vote reminder to help babies born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia!

CHERUBS is participating the Vivint Gives Back Contest on Facebook and we need your votes!    How to vote:

1. Go to and "Like" Vivint

2. Go to and click the Vote button

3. Log in through Facebook and Vote!

4. Repeat #2 and #3 daily through August 27, 2011

Contest Update - We gotten over 55,000 votes so far!!!!  WTG, everyone! Starting at 2:00 pm EST TODAY -  For the next 48 hours you can donate directly on the on voting page and Vivint Gives Back will match individual donations up to $50 each and total donations up to $2500 per charity so we have a change to raise $5000!   Every single dollar helps and is tax-deductible!

Contest Voter Tip Of The Day -  Please donate today when you vote!  Even $1 will help as Vivint Gives Back is DOUBLING donations!  Thank you Vivint!

More Contest Info - visit for information on how you can win prizes in our voter raffle, the contest video, free graphics, learn where the money would go to help CDH babies and more.

Did You Know? - There is no official CDH Awareness Day observed by all families, groups and researchers in all countries but people in in 38 countries unofficially celebrate April 19th.  This is the day the trademark on "Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness" was removed  and CDH Awareness was given back to the families.  Many families hold events on this day and CHERUBS holds a parade to raise more awareness.

Meet Our Cherubs!  - March 1, 2010 our son, Osmund "Oz" was diagnosed with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), and a possible heart condition at our 19 week ultrasound. Over the next 20.5 weeks, we were rigorously monitored - a variety of specialists, ECHOs, MRI, numerous ultrasounds and non-stress tests. Thankfully, we lived 3 miles from Wake Forest University Comprehensive Care Center and Brenner Children's Hospital that was able to handle a high-risk CDH infant, and perform the corrective surgeries he would require. During those weeks, we hoped and prayed for Oz to beat the statistics, we planned and prepared for him to come home. Giving up on our son was never an option for us.

He was born July 21, 2010 at 9:05 am via C-section because he was breech. Oz weighed 7 lbs, 13.5 oz, and was 19.7 inches long. His heart was beating, but he was not very responsive. Our cardiologist came to the hospital to perform the ECHO herself, and found that what we had all prayed was a clinical effect of his CDH was in fact a congenital heart condition. His lungs, what little had been allowed to develop, because of his stomach, intestines, liver, etc...pushed into his chest cavity prevented it, had not developed into the tubes and air sacs needed for proper breathing. We were told the news parents should never have to hear: we would not be going home with our son, and he would not survive the day. Our world shattered, and all we wanted to do was be with Oz and enjoy every millisecond that we would have with him.

Our staff that day was an amazing, compassionate group of medical professionals, who made sure that Oz's time with us was maximized, and his pain minimal. He was held by his mom and dad for most of the 10 wonderful hours he graced this world after his birth. We had many visitors rush to the hospital to meet him, including two very special CHERUBS volunteers. We were so blessed to have the prayers and support of 1,000s of CDH families those days and hours leading up to his birth, and their love, understanding and support after we came home, heart-broken, and had to lay our son to rest.

We vote every day for these miracle children, because they are all amazing fighters. We vote everyday to show our solidarity and support of this wonderful, loving community as a way to give back to them.

- Written by Oz's parents, Kaendrah Kidd and Chris Ward

Thank you all for your support and your votes to help CDH babies!

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CHERUBS - The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support

Public 501(c)III non-profit organization serving over 3000 CDH families in 38 countries.  Searching for the cause, prevention and best treatments of CDH since 1995.

Phone - 919-610-0129          E-mail -
Mailing Address - 3650 Rogers Rd #290, Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA
photo by MCate Photography

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