For many parents, hearing the heartbeat of their unborn child becomes their first, loving bond to that child. It’s no wonder that discovering their child has a heart defect, whether diagnosed in the womb, shortly after birth or during childhood, can be devastating. Mended Little Hearts of Dayton, Ohio (MLH), started in 2009, is a new support program for parents of children with heart defects and heart disease is dedicated to inspiring hope in those who care for the littlest heart patients of all. About 100 members strong, our heart families are passionate about children with congenital heart defects and heart disease. Mended Little Hearts connects families in crisis with other parents who have survived the shock of learning a child has a heart problem, navigated the maze of medical and insurance decisions and procedures and have mapped out a plan for the future.
About Congenital Heart Defects (CHD)
Sobering statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA) show that Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) are the most common birth defects in the United States, affecting appromixately 1 in every 111 babies each year.
Up to 1.3 million American alive today have congenital heart defects. Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart defects in the USA than from all forms of childhood cancer combined. Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death for children age 15 and younger, and congenital heart defects, alone, claim about 3,600 lives per year.