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WHEREAS, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) occurs when a baby’s diaphragm fails to fully form; allowing abdominal organs into the chest cavity and preventing lung growth; and
WHEREAS, since 2000, it is estimated that over 700,000 babies have been born with CDH, however, only 50 percent of those babies survived; and
WHEREAS, CDH is as common as Spina Bifida and Cystic Fibrosis, however, very few people know about it or aware of it; and
WHEREAS, there are many people living in Virginia who have been diagnosed with and have survived their CDH, although many families in Virginia have endured the horrible pain and grief associated with the loss of loved ones with CDH; and
WHEREAS, those with CDH often endure multiple surgeries and possible medical complications beyond their diagnosis that include heart defects, pulmonary complications, gastric and intestinal problems, developmental delays, and may require respiratory and medicinal support for years; and
WHEREAS, raising awareness of this congenital defect will help bring about acceptance and support for those suffering with it and will help advocate for urgently needed medical research and advances;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 2021 as CONGENITAL DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.