Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully form, allowing abdominal organs to move into the chest cavity and preventing the lungs from having enough room to grow. CDH occurs in 1 in every 2500 babies. 1600 babies in the US every year. Over a half million babies around the world since 2000. Every 10 minutes a baby is born with CDH.
Babies born with CDH undergo surgeries and long hospitalizations. 50% of babies born with CDH do not survive. The cause is not known.
CDH is as common as Cystic Fibrosis and Spina Bifida but there is little research and awareness and virtually no media coverage. At CHERUBS, we are working hard to change that through the Save the Cherubs CDH Awareness Campaign, participating in annual April 19th celebrations of the International Day of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness, march in Parades of Cherubs, offer free graphics and personalized ribbons and much more.