They don't all have the best voices, and they're not always on key, but this group of dads and their young children belt out one of the loveliest versions of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" you've ever heard. The reason they're doing it is even better -- to raise awareness about congenital heart defects (CHDs).
The opening message: "Somewhere over the Rainbow .. a dream is wished for all babies born with congenital heart defects to survive and thrive." Each of the beautiful children in the video singing with their father has a CHD of some sort. Doctors from several hospitals join them in singing as well. The end result is a sweet and sentimental glimpse into their lives.
According to the video, produced by Life of Dad, 1 out of every 100 children is born with a CHD. They are the number one birth defect in America, yet sill all newborns aren't screened for them. I had no idea this was something every baby wasn't screened for, and it's hard to understand why when CHDs are this common and early diagnosis is so crucial.
So watch it, and share it with those you know. Besides just being a sweet video, it could prove important in a child's life. Warning: You'll probably be humming this tune for the rest of the night.
For more information and what you can do to increase screenings, visit Pulse Oximetry Advocacy.
Do you know any children with a congenital heart defect?
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