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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 27, 2020 02:51 PM
From: Representative Wendy Ullman
To: All House members
Subject: Recognizing April 2020 as World HIE Awareness Month
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, or HIE, affects 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 live births and is a type of brain damage that occurs when a child’s brain does not receive enough oxygen and blood. HIE can happen at any time prior to, during, or after birth as well as during childhood. Some children affected by HIE develop conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, vision and hearing loss, speech delays, intellectual impairment, feeding issues, and global delays.

Every year, HIE affects more families, and many parents do not know where to turn. When a child receives a diagnosis of HIE, parents can understandably find it difficult to process and comprehend exactly what that means for their child’s future.

As a show of support for the many Pennsylvania families affected by HIE, I am introducing a resolution to officially designate the month of April 2020 as “World HIE Awareness Month.” Please join me in helping to shed light on HIE and let affected families know that they are not alone in their journey.

Introduced as HR852