The annual Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Telethon happens every April 19th on Global Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day. Join CDH International, dozens of celebrities, patients, patient families, and researchers as we raise awareness and funds for 10,000’s of children born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.
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.