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WHEREAS, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) occurs when a baby's diaphragm fails to fully form; allowing abdominal organs into the chest cavity and preventing lung growth; and

WHEREAS, CDH is as common as Spina Bifida and Cystic Fibrosis; however, very few people know about it or are aware of it; and

WHEREAS, since 2000, it is estimated that over 700,000 babies have been born with CDH; however, only 50 percent of those babies survived; and

WHEREAS, there are many people living in Nevada who have been diagnosed with and have survived their CDH, although many families in Nevada have endured the horrible pain and grief associated with the loss of loved ones with CDH; and

WHEREAS, those with CDH often endure multiple surgeries and possible medical complications beyond their diagnosis that include heart defects, pulmonary complications, gastric and intestinal problems, developmental delays, and may require respiratory and medicinal support for years; and

WHEREAS, raising awareness of this congenital defect will help bring about acceptance and support for those suffering with it and will help advocate for urgently needed medical research and advances;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim April 19, 2021 as

CONGENITAL DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA AWARENESS DAY

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 29th day of March 2021.

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