Springfield mom Tessa Daniels, with 2 ½ year old son Sawyer and family in tow, urged House Health Care Committee members recently to pass legislation that would require all birthing facilities in Vermont to require a test that helped save her son’s life right after he was born.
Tessa had an uneventful delivery in 2013 but six hours later a nurse didn’t think baby Sawyer looked right and performed a pulse oximetry test. This test, which involves a simple clip to the finger or toe and senses blood oxygen levels, helped physicians detect a critical heart defect of Sawyer’s which would have been fatal had it gone undiagnosed.
Tessa told committee members that requiring the test which costs around $4, would ensure no Vermont newborn would leave a Vermont hospital with an undiagnosed heart defect.
Join the American Heart Association, Tessa and husband Elijah along with Sawyer and his sister Penelope at our legislative reception from 4:00-6:00pm on Wednesday, April 13th at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. We’ll promote pulse oximetry legislation as well as legislation to set nutrition standards for food sold by state government and raise the purchasing age for tobacco to 21.
And urge House Health Care Committee members to pass the pulse oximetry bill soon! You can contact committee members at http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2016/15