Local mom raising awareness on Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day

SALISBURY, Md. – February 7th to the 14th markets Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week, and one local mom is doing what she can to raise awareness of the birth defect.

Jen Shipe lost her baby Wyatt in 2015 to a congenital heart defect, and after that she founded Wyatt’s Warriors. The group works to support moms with babies born into NICUs, but they also raise awareness of these heart defects. Jen says the week is all about remembering babies lost to the defect and supporting the parents who are remembering their sons and daughters.

“It means more for you to recognize that baby, that that baby did exist, that that baby is theirs still, and that you remember them as well, that they’re not the only ones that are remembering their baby,” she said. “I think it’s important that we say all of their names, and if you encounter someone who has lost a baby to a congenital heart defect or anything, it’s okay to bring it up.”

Jen also raises awareness of CHD year round, and this Sunday, February 13th is Wyatt’s Warriors Day in Salisbury.

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