"HELPING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN LOCAL COMMUNITY AND AROUND AMERICA"
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Meet our Global Birth Defects Initiative Ambassador, Val Gorsh. He is a strong advocate and an inspirational speaker for children with birth defects and their families. Val was born in a coffee field in Brasil to a very proud but poor family. Val was born with a serious life threatening birth defect that was not treatable where he was born.
Val’s story chronicles his early life in the slums of Brasil and the daily battles he had to endure to survive there. Then he was found by two loving Missionaries and brought to the United States and became a citizen in 1993. He had to overcome many adversities from his past and serious complications he still lives with today. As a US citizen Val was able to get some of the care needed to survive, but like many people with birth defects, there is no treatment for a lot of the lingering physical damage and psychological effects.
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It is Val's mission to dedicate his life and energy toward education, research and the treatment of birth defects in the USA and around the world. Val hopes by telling his story, it will help the many that suffer from physical, emotional and psychological devastation caused by birth defects. Val wishes to bring light into what can be a very dark and frightening life to many around the world. Val is a living example of how determination and success overcomes horrible adversity.
Learn about his story, his life and his passion.
FCD MISSIONS AND YOU
Did you know...
Over 120,000 or 1 out of 33 babies in the USA, are born with a serious birth defect annually; one every 4 minutes.(e.g., according to the CDC)
How you can help
You can help babies birth defects and their low-income families with vouchers to pay for medical care, medical supplies, food and other necessities that they desperately need but can't afford. This is a grass roots voluntary public charity program whose mission is to improve the health and care of babies by the prevention of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality in US communities.
About this nonprofit
The FCD Missions’ Care for Babies with Birth Defect Disabilitie serves the unborn, the newly born, people living with debilitating birth defects, and their families. Its focus is on the urgent matters of research, education, care, prevention, treatments and assistance for babies and their families in United States and around the world.
Things You Need To Know About Birth Defects
A birth defect is a problem that occurs when a baby is developing in utero (in the womb). Approximately 1 out of every 33 babies in the United States is born with a birth defect.
Birth defects can be minor or severe. They may affect appearance, organ function, or physical or mental development. Most birth defects are present within the first three months of pregnancy, when the organs are still forming. Some birth defects are harmless, while others require long-term medical treatment. Severe birth defects are the leading cause of infant death in the United States, accounting for 20 percent of deaths.
Birth defects can affect babies regardless of where they are born, their ethnicities, or their races. Birth defects are one of the leading causes of death for infants and young children in some countries.2 Each year, about 3-6% of infants worldwide are born with a serious birth defect. Those who survive and live with these conditions are at an increased risk for lifelong disabilities.
The goal of FCD Missions Global Initiative is to raise awareness about birth defects and increase opportunities for prevention of birth defects by promoting the following:
Every year, about 3-6% of infants worldwide are born with a seirous birth defect. Learn more about birth defects.
World Health Organization. Congenital anomalies. [Internet] Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization [cited 2017 Jan 3].
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC grand rounds: additional opportunities to prevent neural tube defects with folic acid fortification. MMWR Morb Mort Wkly Rep. 2010 Aug 13;59(31):980-4.
Williams J, Mai CT, Mulinare J, Isenberg J, Flood TJ, Ethen M, Frohnert B, Kirby RS. Updated estimates of neural tube defects prevented by mandatory folic acid fortification – United States 1995-2011. MMWR Morb Mort Wkly Rep. 2015 Jan 6;64(1):1-5
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