January 31, 2016: Omphalocele Awareness Day

WHEREAS, an omphalocele is a birth defect that occurs early in pregnancy in which the abdominal wall does not close properly and some or most of the abdominal organs protrude on the outside of the fetus's body through the umbilical cord; and,

WHEREAS, it is estimated that a small omphalocele occurs in about 1 out of every 5,000 pregnancies and a large or giant omphalocele occurs in about 1 out of every 10,000 pregnancies; and,

WHEREAS, an omphalocele may be isolated or may be associated with other defects or chromosomal abnormalities; and,

WHEREAS, despite the challenges a baby born with an Omphalocele may face, many survive and go on to live happy, healthy lives; and,

WHEREAS, Mothers of Omphalocele (MOO) is a group of parents from around the world that was created to provide hope, support and information to families with babies diagnosed with this condition;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 31, 2016 as Omphalocele Awareness Day in Michigan.