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Small hearts with big challenges

by on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

If there was a simple test to detect congenital heart defects, would you want your baby screened?  Did you know pulse ox screenings can identify some newborns with congenital heart defects?  Yet, this simple, low-cost test isn't required in NYS.  With your help, we can change that. Click here to let lawmakers know how this simple tool can save a young life.


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  • Since my daughter, Samantha, died of an undiagnosed heart defect ten years ago, I''ve been awaiting the day such a simple test would be something offered to ALL babies.  With this screening, my daughter would be alive today.  Her defect would have required a relatively uncomplicated surgery (as far as heart surgeries go!) for a coarctation of the aorta  A pulse ox screening would have picked up the irregular heart beat that the coarc would have caused and doctors could have saved her long before she went into the cardiac arrest which led to her coma and subsequent death.  Let''s fight for all states to require this test!

    — Patti S.

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