Infant Heart Screening Law Saves Second Life Since Going Into Effect – Law Praised By Bill’s Sponsor

A second child’s life has been saved within months of the implementation of a new law requiring screening for newborns. The pulse oximetry test performed on newborns at least 24 hours of age, was sponsored by Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell (D-Hudson), who released the following statement today upon learning of the second child:

“I am so happy to learn of a second baby whose life has been saved because of a pulse oximetry test.” “The effect of this legislation speaks for itself. This test has now saved two lives — that we know of — and prevented two families from having to experience a potentially inconceivable loss.”

“This simple, low-cost, non-invasive test, when performed on newborns at least 24 hours of age, is saving lives just as we knew it would. Other states should follow New Jersey’s example and implement this life-saving procedure, nationwide.”

The Assemblyman added, “I will continue to work in the legislature to find real solutions to problems that affect our families and our children.”

“I commend the staff at both hospitals for their exemplary work, and I wish the Diallo family and the Gordon family all the best.” TLS.

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