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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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Featured CDHi California Ambassador Rachel McKagan

Featured CDH International’s California Ambassador is Rachel McKagan. Rachel is the mom to CDH survivor Sarah. Rachel McKagan has been married to her husband, Matt McKagan, for almost 29 years. They have a 25-year-old son, Andrew, who graduated from USC in 2017,  and their CHERUB is 21-year-old daughter, Sarah, who is a Senior at UCLA. (They try to …

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Research: Prenatal prediction of postnatal survival in fetuses with congenital diaphragmatic hernia using MRI: lung volume measurement, signal intensity ratio, and effect of experience.

J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2020 Mar 25:1-9. doi: 10.1080/14767058.2020.1740982. [Epub ahead of print] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32212880 Prenatal prediction of postnatal survival in fetuses with congenital diaphragmatic hernia using MRI: lung volume measurement, signal intensity ratio, and effect of experience. Dütemeyer V1, Cordier AG2,3, Cannie MM4,5, Bevilacqua E1, Huynh V6, Houfflin-Debarge V7, Verpillat P8, Olivier C1, Benachi A3,9, Jani JC1. Author information Abstract Objective: To evaluate various signal intensity ratios …

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Research: Overexpression of miR-455-5p affects retinol (vitamin A) absorption by downregulating STRA6 in a nitrofen-induced CDH with lung hypoplasia rat model.

Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020 Apr 1. doi: 10.1002/ppul.24739. [Epub ahead of print] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32237270 Overexpression of miR-455-5p affects retinol (vitamin A) absorption by downregulating STRA6 in a nitrofen-induced CDH with lung hypoplasia rat model. Zheng J1, He Q2, Tang H1, Li J1, Xu H1, Mao X3, Liu G1. Author information Abstract Lung hypoplasia is the main cause of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)-associated death but pathogenesis remains …

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Featured CDHi Singapore Ambassador Linette Lim

Featured CDH International’s Singapore Ambassador is Linette Lim. Linette is the mom to CDH Survivor Sherman. Linette is from Singapore and is currently a full-time homemaker. She received a First-class Honours in Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences) from Queen Mary, University of London. Her plans to pursue postgraduate medicine has been shelved as she is currently …

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Featured CDH International Nebraska Ambassador Megan Kleensang

Featured CDH International’s Nebraska Ambassador is Megan Kleensang. Megan is the mom to CDH survivor Phoebe. Megan is the mom to cherub Phoebe. She found out at 23 weeks that Phoebe would be born with left-sided CDH. She was born at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2013.  Phoebe’s CDH was repaired at ten days old. She …

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Featured CDHi Pennsylvania Ambassador Joy Whitesel

Featured CDH International’s Pennsylvania Ambassador is Joy Whitesel. Joy is the mother to CDH survivor Jase. Joy is a full-time nurse, wife, and mother. She lives in Honey Grove, PA, with her spouse and two children. They have two children, a daughter and a son. Their son, Jase, was born in 2016 with undiagnosed LCDH. …

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Featured CDHi Texas Ambassador Ashley Leonard

Featured CDH International’s Texas Ambassador is Ashley Leonard. Ashley is the mother to CDH survivor Greyson. Ashley has worked in the beauty industry for the past 12 years as an educator and a hairstylist. Her husband, Madison, is a Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force. Ashley and Madison are currently stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. They married …

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Featured CDHi Michigan Ambassador Colleen Martin

Featured CDH International’s Michigan Ambassador is Colleen Martin. Colleen is the mom to CDH Survivor Quinn. Colleen Martin grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan, as the 6th of 10 children.  She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications.  From there, she served two years in AmeriCorps in Chicago tutoring and …

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Featured CDHi Texas Ambassador Christie Huff Helmke

Featured CDH International’s Texas Ambassador is Christie Huff Helmke. Christie is the mom to CDH survivor Felix. Christie is the mother of Felix, a 3 years old boy who was diagnosed with CDH at 20 weeks in the womb. Christie, her husband Joshua and Felix live in DFW, Texas. Christie is a pet stylist and her husband …

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Featured CDHi New Zealand Ambassador Lisa Harris

Featured CDH International New Zealand Ambassador is Lisa Harris. Lisa is the mom to CDH survivor Zachary. Lisa Harris is married to Chris and they have 5 children in total ranging from 32 to 14 years of age. She was previously widowed with 3 young children and then remarried. Their first son Zac (her fourth …

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