Dear friends and colleagues,
April is Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) awareness month. The Montreal Children’s Hospital Therapeutic Hypothermia Group wanted to share information about different activities hosted to increase awareness of HIE.
“Two to three of every 1,000 live births are impacted by HIE a type of brain injury. HIE often leads to diagnoses of cerebral palsy, epilepsy, learning disabilities, hearing and vision impairments, ADHD, and other developmental challenges. That means tens of thousands of families worldwide are impacted by HIE each year.
HIE babies are typically born very very sick, and many qualify for a specific type of treatment called therapeutic hypothermic or cooling, taking a babies body temperature to 33.5 degrees C to slow down the chain reaction of the brain injury.
Since launching global HIE Awareness Month in 2016, more families are finding the evidence-based, psycho-social support they need to tackle the challenges their children may face as a result of HIE by finding a comprehensive network of peer-to-peer support through Hope for HIE.”
Author: B. Pilon, 2022 HIE Awareness Month toolkit
Starting April 1st, 2022, Hope for HIE, a global organization dedicated to Awareness, Education & Support for neonatal HIE encephalopathy (www.hopeforhie.org) will be championing the 2022 HIE awareness month (www.hieawarenessmonth.com). This year, the community theme is HOPE INSPIRES.
Make sure to look out for their list of activities for families, clinicians, researchers, partners, and supporters. And join us in our effort to increase awareness by sharing information with friends and colleagues or by sharing stories and pictures about your own experience with HIE and therapeutic hypothermia/cooling at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
#HOPEINSPIRES #HIEawarenessMonth @HopeforHIE
With kind regards,
The MCH Therapeutic Hypothermia Group