This month, Comedian Jimmy Kimmel shared with millions that his wife had given birth to a son, who, within hours of delivery, was found to have severe heart defects and needed emergency surgery. Mr. Kimmel’s story, ultimately, has a happy ending. But, that isn’t always the case for families in Wyoming, where screening for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) is still not a requirement for hospitals.
Luckily, the state is taking steps to make that happen, and yesterday, the Secretary of State’s office opened the newborn screening rules for public comment, to include pulse oximetry testing for CCHD screening. If you are the parent of a child with a critical congenital heart defect, or, if you were born with one, and would like to help make CCHD screening a requirement in Wyoming, please contact Kristen Waters at: Kristen.Waters@heart.org.
Together, we can save Wyoming's youngest hearts!