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Birth Defects

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Birth Defects

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Currently there are over 3,000 identified birth defects - some very rare, some more prevalant. Congenital heart disease (CHD) continues to be the most common birth defect and the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths. While no parent wants to hear that their child has CHD the outlook for most children especially those with ASD’s and VSD’s is excellent and most will go on to lead normal and active lives.

"Not all birth defects are detectable at birth. Some, such as sickle cell anemia (a defect in red blood cells that causes severe anemia and bone pain) might not become apparent until the child is several months old. A malformed kidney might take years to be discovered.

Some birth defects might remain silent for many years. For example, Huntington disease is an inherited condition in which affected persons live normal lives for decades. Then, during middle age, they develop dementia and loss of control of their arms and legs." Source: Birth Defects, Cleveland Clinic.

"Living with a disability for some people can be frustrating both for the person and the family. It can also be a rewarding experience when your child or the person with the disability achieves goals in their life. Whether its their first day at school or using a switch to help them communicate, it can give all involved a great boost and the confidence to continue to strive for more."

Source: True Life Accounts of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Living with Cerebral Palsy.