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Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia is a life-threatening birth defect in which the diaphragm does not completely form, allowing some of the contents of the baby’s abdomen to move into the chest and hinder the normal growth of lung tissue. Children born with CDH have a 92 percent chance of survival when they are born at UF Health, while the national survival rate for these babies is between 50 and 65 percent. David Kays, MD, chief of pediatric surgery, and his colleagues at UF have perfected a gentle ventilation technique to treat these newborns, and families with little or no hope find a place where their children can heal, grow and overcome this defect.