CHRISTIE MEETS WITH FAMILY OF CHILD SAVED FROM EARLY DETECTION

225px-ChChristieGovernor Chris Christie toured Newton Medical Center this week and met with the Gordon family, whose two-month-old son, Dylan, is alive today because of detection and treatment resulting from New Jersey’s first-in-the-nation law requiring newborns to be screened for life-threatening heart defects before leaving the hospital.

On September 1, a day after the law mandating inclusion of pulse oximetry testing on newborns became effective, a hospital pediatrician informed Lisa and Bill Gordon of Newton that the test performed on their baby was abnormal and that he had a heart murmur. Dylan was rushed to Morristown Medical Center, where it was determined he needed specialized pediatric cardiac surgery. Dylan was transferred to Columbia University Medical Center, and several days later had the life-saving surgery correcting the abnormality discovered from the newly mandated newborn testing.

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