Posts tagged Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
" I had no other choice in that moment than to know I needed to be strong for him." - Charlie's CDH Story

The high-risk ultrasound is a blur to me now. I don’t recall much of the conversation with the doctor after either, except for when I was asked if we wanted information on terminating the pregnancy. Typing that sentence out physically takes the breath out of me because of the amazing little boy that we now have in our lives. 

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"My stomach immediately dropped, and the room became quiet as he continued on to say, "your child has a congenital diaphragmatic hernia." - Harlan's CDH Story

We got to remove the oxygen on his first birthday, which was the best birthday present ever! With the help of many therapies, Harlan is now a thriving 15-month-old with a constant smile on his face who cruises everywhere, eats everything by mouth, and babbles up a storm.

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"We held our living, breathing baby for the first time on Day 29- truly a moment neither of us will ever forget." - Micah's CDH Story

The overwhelming support of family, friends, employers, and the CDH community coupled with many, many miracles sprinkled throughout the next five months enabled us to relocate from California to Florida in preparation for Micah's arrival.  God’s hand was so evidently involved in every step of the way.

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"She’s currently in physical therapy and speech therapy, doing the things that my prior MFM said she would NEVER do!" - Kennedi's CDH Story

She was placed on ECMO at less than an hour old and had her repair surgery was done at 6 hours old while on ECMO.  She stayed on ECMO for 13 days.  95% of Kennedis’ left diaphragm was missing and Dr. Kays said her lungs where so small they were nonexistent. 

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"After receiving the CDH diagnosis, we were advised to consider termination, so we left the appointment with little hope and with no direction. " - Scarlett's CDH and CHD Story

Despite her setbacks and despite undergoing open-heart surgery, she is a healthy, happy baby. She shows no signs of pulmonary hypertension, is off oxygen support, and is off all medications related to CDH, despite having been born with only 20% of her left lung.

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“He knows what his abdominal scar means and what Dr. Kays means to him. We are so blessed and thankful for every day with our Tiny Hero!” - Aiden's CDH Story

Even after all Aiden has been through he is still a bright, sweet, imaginative and inspirational little boy! We have talked to him numerous times regarding CDH and his surgery. He knows what his abdominal scar means and what Dr. Kays means to him. We are so blessed and thankful for every day with our Tiny Hero!

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“Caleb is now a 17-year-old high school honor student who is musically talented and a varsity baseball player." - Caleb T. CDH Story

We went home with more questions than we had going to that appointment. In a short amount of time, we learned what we could about this life-threatening birth defect. We also learned that Pediatric Surgeon Dr. David Kays had one of the highest survival rates in the world for a congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair.

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“Griffin is a living miracle, but the road to recovery is not going to be an easy one.” - Griffin's CDH Story

Griffin was born a fairly healthy baby on May 30, 2016. All he had was a small heart murmur and jaundice. After a few days in the hospital we went home and were ready for the world with our healthy son.


We had never heard of CDH before July 10, 2016 when Griffin was 6 weeks old. That day has forever changed our lives, and we remember it perfectly. 

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“To most outsiders, CDH is ‘limiting’, but for me, it is the complete opposite. My CDH drives me to do well in school…” - Angel's CDH Story

To most outsiders, CDH is ‘limiting’, but for me, it is the complete opposite. My CDH drives me to do well in school, and because I was lucky enough to have an amazing doctor like Dr. Kays, I am able to pursue all of the things that I love to do, things that most people would be surprised that I am able to do.

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