February is CHD awareness month and I’m doing my part to spread the word. I (Brad) am a father of a baby who had congenital heart defects. Willow went through open heart surgery when she was 4 months old and will now turn 2 in a few weeks. She is doing well and is just another amazing part of my family. If there is anyone out there reading this and going through something like this and need to talk you can message me (Brad) any time. You can ask me questions, cry, vent or anything else you need. I am here to help with whatever I can. You are not alone. Always remember that.
Did you know?
What is the most common type of birth defect?
Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the United States, affecting nearly 1% of―or about 40,000―births per year. (source: CDC)
What are congenital heart defects?
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are present at birth. They include abnormalities in the heart’s structure, electrical system and other abnormalities that affect the function of the heart.
How many babies are born with heart defects?
Nearly 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart defect in the United States each year. (source: CHPHC)
Are heart defects in children more prevalent than childhood cancer?
Yes. In fact, congenital heart defects are approximately 60 times more prevalent than childhood cancer. (source: CHOP)
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