CHD stands for congenital heart disease, a structural abnormality of the heart or its function that occurs at birth with chronic secondary complications that can last throughout life.
Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born with CHD in the U.S., that’s 1 every 15 minutes.
In fact, one in every 100 babies born in the United States is diagnosed with congenital heart disease.
Brooke and Luis’s baby was diagnosed prenatally in March 2020. They were overwhelmed by the diagnosis and didn’t know where to turn- especially at the beginning of the pandemic. They were referred to Conquering CHD by someone at their local hospital. Lead volunteer in Texas responded quickly and they were immediately connected to support and resources. Brooke participated in several virtual educational sessions where she get many of her questions answered directly by parents and others who have similar experiences.
Baby Theo was born in July and is doing well! He will need his first open heart surgery soon.
For now, the family is enjoying life at home with their new baby boy.
We hope to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects for children!
To learn more about how you can help support families and spread the word about CHD, visit the Conquering CHD website.