March 8, 2001 - Issue: Vol. 147, No. 30 — Daily Edition107th Congress (2001 - 2002) - 1st Session
NATIONAL SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME AWARENESS WEEK; Congressional Record Vol. 147, No. 30
(Extensions of Remarks - March 08, 2001)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E318] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] NATIONAL SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME AWARENESS WEEK ______ HON. HOWARD P. ``BUCK'' McKEON of california in the house of representatives Thursday, March 8, 2001 Mr. McKEON. Mr. Speaker, today I am introducing a bill to establish the last week in April as National Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week. This cause was presented to me by one of my constituents, Joyce Edson. Joyce's son, James, was shaken by his licensed child care provider between March and April of 1998. As a result, James was sent to the emergency room with a skull fracture, subdural hematoma, bilateral retinal hemorrages and a broken right femur. He was only five months old. While James survived this tragic period, he unfortunately still experiences periodic seizures, and is under the continual care of a pediatric neurologist and opthamologist. Mr. Speaker, many other children are not so lucky. Each day, more than three children in the United States die from abuse and neglect. Furthermore, over 3,000 babies under the age of one are diagnosed with Shaken Baby Syndrome annually, while thousands more are misdiagnosed or go completely undetected. Mr. Speaker, it saddens me that this situation even exists. However, I am hopeful with the designation of National Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week, Congress can increase the knowledge of and ultimately prevent this dreadful occurrence. ____________________