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Local volunteers knit red hats for newborns, to bring attention to congenital heart defects

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February is considered "heart month" but it's not because of Valentine's day, it's meant to bring attention to heart disease and congenital heart defects.

As part of heart month, the American Heart Association has teamed up with local hospitals like Bay Area Medical Center for "Little hats, Big hearts." It's a way to make new parents aware of the number one birth defect in babies, which is congenital heart defects. 

Brittany Sandbach, with the American Heart Association said "So we've gotten some great feedback from some of the mothers, the families they just really enjoy this it's something that just raises that little bit of awareness."

Meanwhile Dr. Miguel Deleon, Medical Director of the Neonatal ICU at Bay Area Medical Center said "The good news is that many of this heart defects or heart conditions can be diagnosed prenatally so the encouragement is for mommies to have good prenatal care."

It takes dozens of volunteers to knit the little red hats. They're placed on newborns. 

For more information on heart disease in adults or congenital heart defects in babies visit:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/CorpusChristi/Texas/Home_UCM_SWA005_AffiliatePage.jsp

https://ccmedicalcenter.com/location/bay-area

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