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Screening Children for Congenital Heart Disease

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Posted by: Sandra Walden
Date: Mar 23 2013 12:13 PM

Huntsville Pediatric Associates shared the following on their facebook page today. 

Mary Beth Miller was born with a congenital heart defect that wasn't diagnosed until she went into heart failure. Her father, Mark Miller, discovered that there was a simple screening test performed at many hospitals that would have discovered Mary Beth's abnormality shortly after birth. Mr. Miller worked with state representative Paul Lee to make sure every child born in Alabama was screened for congenital heart disease in the nursery. Dr. Stewart became involved and worked with the Alabama State Committee of Public Health to develop the state-wide program.

This week the regulation became official after a year-long implementation trial: every baby born in Alabama is screened with pulse oximetry for congenital heart disease. Several children have already been identified in the past several months.

This morning at 5:11 AM, Mary Beth Miller, the little girl who spurred the work statewide on pulse ox screening took her last breath. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.


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