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WHEREAS, intestinal malrotation is a congenital birth defect occurring when the intestine fails to rotate correctly during embryonic development; and
WHEREAS, intestinal malrotation can lead to volvulus, a life threatening surgical emergency where the intestine twists, restricting blood flow to vital organs; and
WHEREAS, malrotation may affect 1 in 500 births, with 1 in 6,000 becoming symptomatic; and
WHEREAS, to decrease the mortality and morbidity associated with malrotation it is vital for healthcare providers and the community to be aware of signs and symptoms; and
WHEREAS, common symptoms of volvulus is vomiting bile, a green or bright yellow fluid, bloody or dark red stools, constipation, distended abdomen, abdominal pain or tenderness, and shock; and
WHEREAS, symptoms may be missed by healthcare providers, leading to misdiagnosis such as reflux or stomach flu; and
WHEREAS, Intestinal Malrotation and Volvulus Awareness Day serves to highlight the urgency of this condition and honors the memory of children whose life were cut short due to this issue; and
WHEREAS, Intestinal Malrotation and Volvulus Awareness Day also serves to fulfil the Intestinal Malrotation Foundation’s mission to raise awareness, increase research, educate healthcare professionals, and provide support to those affected by intestinal malrotation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 19, 2020, as INTESTINAL MALROTATION AND VOLVULUS AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.