Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is as common as spina bifida and cystic fibrosis, yet most people haven’t heard about it. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia joined CDH awareness groups in March and April to spread the word about this birth defect that occurs about once in every 2,500 live births.

At just 4 days old, Peyton Laricks underwent surgery to repair her CDH at CHOP. Along with many other CDH patients who require long-term care, Peyton continues to receive follow-up care through the Hospital's Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program. Her family has turned their experiences into a crusade to help other kids like Peyton.

CBS 3 interviewed CHOP pediatric surgeon Holly Hedrick, MD, and Peyton Laricks’ family to help raise awareness of CDH.