|We were so scared Raygen would get sick that I wore a mask before her first surgery.|
|She was such a sweet baby. So peaceful. I never knew what laid in store for her.|
|This was the morning of her surgery. I was a mess. She is such an amazing girl.|
How common are congenital heart defects?
~CHDs are the most common birth defects. CHDs occur in almost 1% of births....
~An approximate 100-200 deaths are due to unrecognized heart disease in newborns each year. These numbers exclude those dying before diagnosis.
~Nearly 40,000 infants in the U.S. are born each year with CHDs.
~CHDs are as common as autism and about twenty-five times more common than cystic fibrosis.
~Approximately two to three million individuals are thought to be living in the United States with CHDs. Because there is no U.S. system to track CHDs beyond early childhood, more precise estimates are not available.
~Thanks to improvements in survival, the number of adults living with CHDs is increasing. It is now believed that the number of adults living with CHDs is at least equal to, if not greater than, the number of children living with CHDs.
More facts can be found at: http://www.mendedlittlehearts.org