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Number 1 Birth Defect in America Awareness Week

 CHD Updated:Wednesday, February 23, 2015, 2:00 PM

Reported by: Erynn Molettieri

Chambersburg- Franklin County Commissioners have declared the week of February 7 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.

Mended Little Hearts, a Franklin County organization supporting families impacted by congenital heart defects, applauds the declaration. The organization aims to raise awareness for the number one birth defect in the United States.

The 40,000 babies born with the defect have trouble breathing, tire quickly, have poor blood circulation, and may have a bluish color to their skin called cyanosis. Congenital heart defect may lead to heart failure.

Mended Little Hearts spokesperson, Heather Sites, says the treatments are advancing and the success rate is high.

Supporters wear red during awareness week.

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