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Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance


By Sarah Trainor, CBC

"Thrown into the strange, scary world of critically sick children, heart parents become fierce advocates for awareness." Thanks to Sarah Trainor of CBC for sharing her family's story of their son Ellis' journey with CHD. Ellis' story touches on so many issues that CHD patients and their families face, including the importance of maternal screening for heart defects, the challenges of relocating to seek life-saving medical treatment, and the incredible roles that parents play as caregivers and advocates for their children.

A great piece for generating awareness during...

Congratulations to Nova Scotia for being the first province to declare February 7 - 14th Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week! Way to go!

Big thanks @Brave_HeartSS @yarrowgillis @BrigadonTweets @IWKHealthCentre and everyone involved to raise awareness for CHD and make this happen.



Thank you to Marilyn Gladu, MP (Sarnia_Lambton, ON Opposition Health Critic) for reading our statement in the House of Commons and recognizing February 14th as Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Awareness Day in Canada.



Health records

Toronto Star reporter Kristin Rushowy shining the spotlight on issue of medical records retention, a growing problem for Canadians living with CHD who had surgery as a child.


Province the first in Canada to offer screening to all healthy babies  By Jennifer Chevalier, CBC News. Photo Jean Delisle/CBC


The announcement that Pulse Oximetry Newborn Screening is coming to Ontario is amazing news for early detection of babies born with Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD).

This program will help catch upwards of 150 babies a year born with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) but who currently leave the hospital undiagnosed. “Early detection and treatment of CHD is critical in ensuring the best possible long-term quality of life for individuals that will live with this life-long disease" stated Krista Vriend, President of the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA). "Leadership and progress on...

Jimmy Kimmel

Much love to Jimmy Kimmel as he shares the emotional and heartfelt story of his family's CHD journey with their newborn son 'Billy'', born with Tetralogy of Fallot and Pulmonary Atresia.

A story that many people living with CHD, their parents and families and friends can relate to and understand.


A huge thank you to Jimmy Kimmel for the very powerful CHD Awareness and Advocacy story!


See as Dr. Oz explains about Tetralogy of Fallot to Jimmy Kimmel and some great insight into the incredible teams that perform these CHD surgeries.




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