Senate Passes Sessions-Led Resolution Recognizing April As Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month
WASHINGTON-U.S Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed his resolution designation April 2016 as National Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) Awareness Month. Sessions' grandson, Jim Beau, was born with CDH:
"I am pleased that for the fourth consecutive year the Senate has unanimously declared April as National Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month. Over these last few years, we have made great strides in research and continue to see increased awareness and improved care. Early detection and good prenatal care are vital for survival of this debilitating birth defect.
While we are moving in the right direction with regard to treatment, the ultimate goal remains to find a cure. I thank my colleagues for their recognition of these important efforts."
CDH is a birth defect that occurs when the fetal diaphragm fails to fully develop. Worldwide, more than 700,000 babies have been born with CDH since 2000.
This bipartisan resolution (S. Res. 408) encourages increased awareness of CDH and promotes the importance of prenatal care. This resolution also seeks to improve screening and treatment for CDH, discover the causes of this defect, and develop a cure. This resolution is supported by CHERUBS, The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support.