The Incredible Teddy Foundation was founded in 2010 after the birth of Theodore “Teddy” Lodico, a baby boy born with an unconfirmed right-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Together with our family, friends and sponsors, The Incredible Teddy Foundation is committed to standing up to congenital diaphragmatic hernia.Read More About This
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is a complex health condition that can threaten the life of a newborn infant. CDH is characterized by the underdevelopment of the diaphragm in utero, allowing some abdominal organs to migrate into the chest cavity, where they can impede heart and lung development. The course and outcome of CDH in newborns can vary from mild to severe, but the national survival rate for CDH is approximately 50 percent.
There are many complications that can arise from a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Pulmonary hypoplasia, or the underdevelopment of the lungs, can occur because there is not enough room for the lungs to develop properly. Often, the heart and lungs become taxed, resulting in the need for life support (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO).
Sometimes CDH is associated with other chromosomal abnormalities and congenital heart, gastrointestinal, and neurological defects.