Many of us today are living with congenital heart defect (CHD), including my 8-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with CHD at birth. As a mom you can imagine my surprise when we got the news. I was not aware that CHD even existed nor did I know what to expect.
Congenital heart defect is a malformation of the heart that affects primarily newborns. It presents itself in many forms. It is a defect that can be mild to very severe. It can go undetected for many years or can be detected before or after birth. However, some of them are unaware of the health risk due to a lack of knowledge and awareness.
I believe that finding a cure for this defect is imperative due to the significant amount of infant deaths every year. Finding a cure to CHD will not only save lives but it will also reduce the amount of anxiety family's experience and time spent at the hospital and away from their family.