Missouri parents can breathe a bit easier when bringing their babies home as a law mandating the screening of newborns took effect January first. The new law mandates the screening of every newborn for potentially fatal heart conditions. Dr. Stephen Kaine of children’s mercy hospital says this simple, non-evasive test gives doctors the information they need to prevent babies from going home with life threatening conditions.
It’s estimated that nine in every thousand babies is born with a congenital heart defect. While many are mild, some require catheter procedures, Surgery or even heart transplants.
Dr. Kaine says the hospital has conducted these screenings for some time and has also set up a hotline to help doctors from across the state.
The new law is called chloe’s law, named for 5 year old chloe manz, a missouri girl who was born with a rare congenital heart defect that was discovered through a screening just nine hours after her birth.