martes, 3 de marzo de 2015

World Birth Defects Day: Join the Thunderclap to Increase Global Awareness

Dept. of Health & Human Services
Mar 02, 2015
By: Cynthia A. Moore, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (CDC)
World Birth Defects Day: March 3, 2015
Birth defects are common, costly, and critical conditions.  To increase global awareness of these conditions, March 3, 2015, marks the first annual World Birth Defects Day.
Birth defects can affect any child, regardless of race or ethnicity—any child like Ashley and her mother, Kayte Thomas. During her first trimester of pregnancy, Kayte went in for a routine ultrasound when her world was turned upside down. Her heart sunk when “Let’s listen to the heartbeat,” turned to “Hmm… I’d like to take a closer look at that.” The doctors found that her unborn daughter, Ashley, had gastroschisis, a birth defect of the abdominal wall in which the baby’s intestines stick outside of the body through a hole beside the belly button. Despite incredible challenges, the doctors said Ashley’s chance of survival was good. After several surgeries and therapeutic interventions, Ashley is now a vivacious 9-year-old. She is an inquisitive 3rd grader who enjoys reading and writing stories, plays piano, runs track, loves her friends, and wants to grow up to be a scientist.
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