Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mommy Hot Spot


I am honored to be February blog of the month at Mommy Hot Spot.  Thank you for the honor Angie. 
 
Please keep the parents of baby Grayson in your prayers today.  He was born with HLHS and passed away last night after chest closure from his Norwood.  I have never met this family but I hold all heart families and their children close to my heart.  It is such a long journey our CHD babies have to travel and it's so sad when one becomes an angel so soon. 
 
Heart Facts:
1. Survival after the first stage (Norwood surgery for HLHS babies) is more than 75%.
2. Single ventricle heart defects, such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, are among the most complex and challenging forms of congenital heart defects to treat.
3.Congenital heart defects are approximately 60 times more prevalent than childhood cancer.
4.Genetic or chromosomal abnormalities cause some heart defects. Other risk factors include maternal smoking during pregnancy, maternal obesity, maternal diabetes and maternal infections such as rubella
5. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting approximately 40,000 babies in the United States each year.
 
Find more heart facts and watch amazing videos at CHOP Heart Center