Saturday, January 1, 2011

I just don't understand it

Another CHD baby Parker lost his fight today. He was only 11 days old.

11 days. I can't get him out of my mind or his mother. After a long struggle with infertility she only had her baby for 11 days.

Life isn't fair.

A few facts about Congenital Heart Defects

•Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect.

•Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths.

•About 1 out of every 100 babies are born each year with some type of Congenital Heart Defect. (approx. 40,000/year)

•Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.

•The American Heart Association directs only $0.30 of every dollar donated toward research. The remainder goes toward administration, education and fund raising efforts. Of the $0.30 that goes toward research only $0.01 goes toward pediatric cardiology for CHD.

•This year approximately 4,000 babies will not live to see their first birthday because of Congenital Heart Defects.

•The cost for inpatient surgery to repair Congenital Heart Defects exceeds $2.2 billion a year.

•Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward Congenital Heart Defect research.

Goodbye sweet Parker. Fly free on untethered wings.