Governor LePage Proclaims March 31, 2012 as Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day

March 31, 2012

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage issued the following proclamation declaring March 31, 2012 as Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day:

"WHEREAS, a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia is an opening in the diaphragm that allows the abdominal organs to push into the chest cavity; and

WHEREAS, a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia is often a life-threatening birth defect because it limits the growth of the lungs; and

WHEREAS, a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia occurs in every 1 in 2,000 live births in the United States; and WHEREAS, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias account for 8% of all major congenital anomalies; and

WHEREAS, proactive diagnosis and appropriate management of fetuses with congenital diaphragmatic hernias minimizes the incidence of emergency situations, dramatically improving survival rates; and

WHEREAS, there is a need for increased public awareness of congenital diaphragmatic hernias; and

WHEREAS, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day 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

WHEREAS, groups such as Breath of Hope, Inc. are working to promote public awareness and encourage research efforts to one day prevent or successfully treat all those diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia; and

WHEREAS, the establishment of Congenital Diaphragmatic hernia Awareness Day will provide the opportunity to share experience and information with the public and the media in order to raise public awareness about the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia birth defect,

NOW, THEREOFER, I, Paul R. LePage, the Governor the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim March 31st as

CONGENITAL DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA AWARENESS DAY

throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance."

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