Tragically, Emerson Rose is no longer with us, but she is still having a significant impact on the lives of babies born in our state. Her parents, Jason and Susan Smith of Clemson, SC, are working closely with You're the Cure to pass a bill that will help protect other infants born with Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs).
S.341, the Emerson Rose Act, won the unanimous approval of the SC Senate and is about to come before members of the House for a vote. It will make simple, noninvasive screening for pulse oximetry standard in SC birthing facilities, so no baby goes home without being checked for this life-threatening condition.
Make sure your House Representative knows you want this bill passed!
CHDs are the most common birth defect in the United States and the leading killer of infants born with birth defects. Babies born with CHD can appear healthy and normal in the newborn nursery. Since not all hospitals do pulse oximetry screening, these babies can be sent home with their families before the CHD is suspected. Sadly, more than 1,400 children with CHD do not live to celebrate their first birthday.
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