CDH Angel Club
JULY 6, 2017
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) occurs in approximately 1 in every 2,500 births. The cause of CDH is not yet known. The diaphragm is formed in the first trimester of pregnancy and controls the lungs’ ability to inhale and exhale. CDH occurs when the diaphragm fails to form or to close totally and an opening allows abdominal organs into the chest cavity. This inhibits lung growth. Every patient diagnosed with CDH is different. Survival rates depend on the types and number of organs involved in the herniation and the amount of lung tissue available. There are many surgical procedures and complications that may or may not occur with each individual, including in utero surgery. Roughly 50% of babies born with CDH do not survive. Of the 50% that do survive, most will endure long hospital stays, feeding issues, asthma, and other problems. A few of the survivors suffer from severe long-term medical issues. There is no government assistance for families that have children with CDH. This good deed was nominated by Kathleen Amadio of our Stoney Creek branch. Kathleen Amadio’s niece gave birth to a baby boy last year named Parker with this defect.
Weber Supply has made a donation to CDH Angel Club.