Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Congenital diaphragmatic hernia is a life-threatening condition that affects 1 in every 2,500 children born; and

Whereas There are two kinds of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a Bochdalek hernia, a hole in the back of the diaphragm, and a Morgagni hernia, a hole in the front of the diaphragm; and

Whereas Congenital diaphragmatic hernia can be diagnosed during pregnancy, allowing treatment options to be ready at birth; and

Whereas Medical complications of congenital diaphragmatic hernia can include congenital heart defects, chronic lung disease, gastro esophageal reflux and hearing loss; and

Whereas The outlook for babies born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia continues to improve as new surgical techniques and support care is developed; and

Whereas Through public awareness the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to provide an opportunity for all people to learn more about this disease, treatment and diagnosis options and to alleviate the suffering of the families afflicted,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 19th, 2014, to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this second day of April, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts