A lot of people(...well most people) arent aware of just how common CHD really is. So here is some facts for you.
in every 100 babies are born with CHD...well 1 out of 100 seems pretty
small right? Well I googled how many babies are born in a day.First in
the U.S. I checked a few different websites but got the same answer.
So, how many babies? There are 11,000! That’s in 1 day in the U.S.
11 babies born in the U.S. are born with CHD. I wanted to go further
than that so I googled How many babies were born every day in the
world. Again I checked a few different sites and they all had roughly
the same number. Approximately 490,000 babies are born throughout the
world in a single day. Now if I did my math right (which I might not
have) that means that approximately 4,900 babies are born throughout
the world in a single day with CHD. (Website)
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect and are the
number one cause of death from birth defects during the first year of
life. Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart disease
in the United States each year as die from all forms of childhood
cancers combined. (Website)
THIS is why I am trying to help spread awareness. Because my niece has a CHD, her mother and her are very active in the CHD community. They are always talking about their heart friends and what they are going through. Wether it's news of one of their friends getting a new heart, going through a successful surgery or the sad news of a new heart angel leaving this world. I know Nikki crys for all her heart friends. Either tears of joy or sadness. I know of one mother who is fighting for her daughters story to be told to help spread Awareness (I will post this story later on in the week). I am simply the aunt of a CHD warrior. But I feel apart of this community. These women and children who's stories I read on my sister in laws blog or on facebook are so strong and truly my hero's. YES Abby and Nikki this includes both of you.
So please as I continue my CHD posts. Ask questions, get the fact and spread the word. Because you never know out of those 4,900 babies that are born throughout the world in a single day with a CHD. One of those babies could be the baby of a sibling, relative, friend or aquaintance. Or even you.