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2-4-14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness

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2-4-14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness
Congenital Heart Defects are the most common malformations affecting approximately 40,000 infants annually nationwide; and WHEREAS, over a million families across America are facing the challenges and hardships of raising children with Congenital Heart Defects; and WHEREAS, some Congenital Heart Defects are not diagnosed until months or years after birth; and WHEREAS, approximately 100 to 200 deaths are due to unrecognized heart disease in newborns each year; and WHEREAS, undiagnosed Congenital Heart conditions cause many cases of sudden cardiac death in young athletes; and WHEREAS, despite these statistics, newborns and young athletes are not routinely screened for Congenital Heart Defects; and WHEREAS, a disproportionately small amount of funding is available for Congenital Heart Defect research and support; and WHEREAS, in the state of Florida over 2,000 births are effected with Congenital Heart Defects annually; and WHEREAS, Lee County is estimated at 70 to 100 births effected annually with Congenital Heart Defect; and WHEREAS, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week provides an opportunity for families whose lives have been affected to celebrate life and to remember loved ones lost, to honor dedicated health professionals, and to meet others and know they are not alone; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim February 7-14, 2014, to be Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week in Lee County and encourages all citizens to increase awareness, education, and services for Congenital Heart Defects which each year affect thousands of babies in Florida.