Children's National Health System

Special Heart

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect. Approximately 1 per every 100 babies are born with a form of CHD, and nationally as many as an estimated 2,000 outwardly healthy babies are discharged from hospitals every year with an unrecognized critical form of CHD.

Performed at 24 hours of life, a pulse oximetry (pulse ox) test can quickly and painlessly determine whether some babies have critical congenital heart disease and possibly save his or her life. Your donation will help make this live-saving test the standard of care for newborns in hospitals across the country and around the world.

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How your donation is used

Your donation will give more children a chance to live a healthy life. When you give to Children's National, you help our doctors, nurses, researchers, and staff support children through:

  • Specialized equipment, facilities, and therapies that meet the unique needs of children.
  • Community benefits like free wellness and diagnostic screenings, research, and public education about important health issues.
  • Covering the cost of uncompensated care for children whose families are uninsured.
  • Research to develop innovative therapies, improve outcomes, and cure deadly childhood diseases.

If you have any questions about making a donation online, please call (301) 565-8500. If you would prefer to make your donation offline, download a donation form. PDF icon

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