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Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance

November 2019

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Giving Tuesday is a global movement dedicated to giving back. After the excitement of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comes Giving Tuesday. Charities, Communities, Businesses and Individuals just like you have the opportunity to give back and make a big impact.

The season of giving is upon us, and what better way to spread some holiday cheer than to raise awareness for CHD (Congenital Heart Disease), the number one birth defect affecting Canadians of all ages.

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75th Anniversary of 'blue baby' surgery

Today we celebrate 75 years since the first "blue baby" surgery by Alfred Blalock, with Helen Taussig and Vivien Thomas on November 29, 1944.

Picture of Dr. Alfred Blalock, Helen Taussig and Vivien Thomas

The child was 15-month-old, Eileen Saxon, the surgery was a success and she went home after 3 months.  Unfortunately her cynotic episodes returned and 2 days before her 2nd birthday, she underwent another operation, she passed away 5 days later.

Now known as the BT or BTT shunt, the surgery was a success and really the start of #CHD surgery.  We have come a long way since then, with an almost 95% survival rate into adulthood now. 

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