‘Special Heart’ – A TV Newsman’s Story About His Young Son’s Fight to Live

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‘Special Heart’ – A TV Newsman’s Story About His Young Son’s Fight to Live

Each year 36,000 children – one in 100 — are born with congenital heart defects. Half require a procedure or surgery in the first six months. Though experts suspect a combination of genetics and environmental factors cause structural problems with the heart, research into causation and treatment is ongoing.

Though a pulse oximeter, a simple, inexpensive and non-intrusive test, can often identify congenital heart defects in infants before they display symptoms, the test is not required or readily available in every state. Thirty states, including Minnesota, have a law on the books but not all mandate it.

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