'12 born daily' with heart defect

Twelve babies with heart defects are born every day in the UK, analysis from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has shown. Heart defects remain the most common health problem in newborn babies, the health charity said.

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'More than' 50 babies born with health defect

According to the BHF, their analysis of the 2011 report from the British Isles Network of Congenital Anomaly Registers (Binocar), found:

  • More than one in 50 babies has some sort of birth defect. This is more than double the previous estimate.
  • Earlier figures suggested one in 80 babies suffers a defect at birth, including Down's Syndrome and spina bifida.
  • At least 14,500 babies with birthday defects in England and Wales were alive in 2009.
  • Heart defects affect at least five in 1,000 babies, making them the most common.

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