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Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Our Mission: CDH International was created to help families of babies born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia by providing support services, promoting research and raising awareness.

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is a birth defect that occurs when a baby’s diaphragm (a thin sheet of muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest) fails to fully form, allowing abdominal organs to enter the chest cavity and prevent lung growth.

CDH occurs in approximately 1 in 2500 births, with over 1600 babies diagnosed each year in the United States alone. There is currently no known cause, but studies have suggested that it is likely due to a number of genetic and environmental factors.

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CDHi Welcomes CPAB Member Mellissa Reaves

CDH International would like to welcome Mellissa Reaves to our Patient Advocacy Board. Mellissa is the new Awareness Co-Team Leader. Mellissa Reaves is a Direct Support Professional that works with assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities. Her daughter was born with CDH in March of 2015. Her family includes herself, her husband Kevin, daughter Allison, son Ryder …

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