In early 2010, I received a phone call from my pregnant sister asking me “what’s ECMO?” My heart dropped and I knew that something was wrong. I listened to her explain to me what the physicians had told her... something about the baby’s diaphragm... her lungs might not work right... she will need surgery. My unborn niece had Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH).
Doctors know the sound — the distinctive “whoop” a child makes when trying to breathe after a coughing fit, which is why it is known as “whooping cough.” It is a highly contagious disease and infants younger than 6 months, who are most likely to be hospitalized from the illness, are too young to be fully vaccinated against it.
On August 1, 2012, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), created by the Obama administration, required private insurance companies to start covering 8 preventive health care-related services.
I am hopeful that Kellen will look back proudly at the media attention he received as an infant.