What NJ parents need to know, after Jimmy Kimmel’s baby story
Jimmy Kimmel choked back tears as he shared the story of his newborn son, Billy's recent open heart surgery. The late night host says going through this harrowing family experience certainly puts things in perspective. Kimmel pleaded for less partisan bickering, when it comes to the health of America's children.
While this particular case had its complications, New Jersey is a trailblazer when it comes to early detection. Back in 2011, the state became the first in the nation to require that every newborn be screened, within 24 hours, for congenital heart disease.
The Kimmels' story is bound to strike a chord with NJ families & medical professionals alike. For more information on local facilities & groups supporting cases of pediatric heart disease from before birth and beyond, check out the following:
-The CHOP Cardiac Center at Saint Peter's Children's Hospital (part of NJ’s first state-designated Regional Perinatal Center) (New Brunswick)
-The Congenital Heart Defect Coalition (non-profit based in Morris County)
Proud Jersey Girl Erin Vogt’s first reporting gig involved her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a wife and momma of two kiddies, she firmly believes that life’s too short to drink bad coffee. A fan of the beach, Dave Grohl and karma, in no particular order.