Newborns raise awareness about heart health

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Tiny babies wearing tiny red hats are sending a big message about heart health this Valentine’s Day.

Registered Nurse Karen Coulter works at Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.  She said, “Heart disease and congenital heart defects are the number one defects for babies not only for America but around the world.”

February not only highlights a day of love, it’s also heart awareness month.  Lamisha Boyce just gave birth to a little boy, now sporting a little red hat.  His name is C.J.  Lamisha said, “I’m loving the little red hat.” 

Lamisha and her husband Colby said the message of the red hat is bittersweet.  Both of Colby’s parents died from heart disease.  Colby said, “It’s a bittersweet type of deal you know, knowing that both my parents are gone on from this.”  

The proud parents said they’re committed to keeping their baby healthy his whole life.  Colby said, “Daddy has a little coaching background, so we’re gonna make sure we’re gonna be in good shape and we’re gonna be active.”  “I’ll make sure that he knows all about the little red hat,” Lamisha said. 
 
Nurses said the gift is meant to serve as a keepsake and a conversation starter.  “I’m hoping they’ll show up in cedar chests you know in about forty years.  It’ll start a conversation and they can look at their little red hat.”

Heart disease is also the number one killer of adults in America.

The hats are donated by a group called “Little Hats, Big Hearts.”  You can get more information the program here:  

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Little-Hats-Big-Hearts_UCM_487734_SubHomePage.jsp

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