R 098
2023 -- S 0155
Enacted 02/07/2023

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Acosta, DiMario, Euer, Quezada, and Cano

Date Introduced: February 07, 2023

     WHEREAS, The health and well-being of all children throughout our State are of
paramount importance to Rhode Island's families and communities; and
     WHEREAS, Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born in the United States with a
congenital heart defect, beginning their lives with one of more than forty identified forms of
congenital heart defects; and
     WHEREAS, Nearly 20 out of 10,000 babies born in the United States are born with a
congenital heart defect and more than 50 percent of these children will require at least one
invasive surgery in their lifetime; and
     WHEREAS, Common heart defects include, septal defects, patent ductus arteriosus
(PDA), coarctation of the aorta, tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries and
hypoplastic left heart syndrome as well as many others; and
     WHEREAS, Congenital heart defects are among our state's most common birth defects
and they are often fatal due to their seriousness, a lack of effective medical intervention options,
and the limited availability of infant donor hearts; and
     WHEREAS, The origins and symptoms of congenital heart defects are becoming more
readily identifiable and the range of surgical options are expanding continuously thanks to
doctors' and scientists' diligent research efforts and field experiences that extend our body of
knowledge every day; and
     WHEREAS, There is much to learn about the causes of and effective treatments for
congenital heart defects, and it is important for parents, pediatricians, and nurses to recognize the
warning signs associated with congenital heart defects among newborns so they may provide
proper treatment as early as possible; and
     WHEREAS, Many of Rhode Island's families and communities are directly or indirectly
affected by infant illness and death caused by congenital heart defects; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island hereby proclaims February
7th through the 14th of 2023, to be "Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week" in our State. We
furthermore urge all the citizens of the State to join us in the observance of this event and to
recognize and applaud the efforts of doctors and scientists everywhere who work diligently to
solve life's medical mysteries and to improve the quality of life for us all; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Norelys Consuegra, and the American Heart
Association in Providence.