NJ Could Be First State to Mandate Congenital Heart Disease Testing for Newborns

By Sara Lee Kessler

Each year, 25,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects in the United States.  According to the March of Dimes, it’s the number one birth defect.  Yet, not a single state mandates testing for it.  However, that could change in New Jersey.  Bayonne Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell’s son, Patrick, was born with critical congenital heart disease or C-H-D.  O’Donnell and Paramus Assemblywoman Connie Wagner are co-sponsoring a bill that would require mandatory screening for C-H-D.

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