Thursday, April 11, 2013

U.S. House of Representatives Introduces Resolution for CDH Awareness Month

H. Res 144 that was introduced this week in the United States House of Representatives to make April, 2013 "National Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month" by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) and co-sponsored by Rep. George Holding (R-NC).  

A companion bill was passed unanimously in the Senate on March 20, 2013 - S. Res. 85 which was sponsored by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and co-sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) affects 1600 babies a year in the United States, taking the lives of 800 children.  CDH occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully form, allowing abdominal organs to enter the chest cavity and preventing lung growth. The cause is unknown.  There is no awareness and very little research funding. 

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