O’DONNELL HAILS EFFECTIVENESS OF NEW INFANT HEART SCREENING LAW

Second Newborn Saved Since Law Went Into Effect

Upon learning of the second newborn’s life saved within months of the implementation of a new law he sponsored (A-3744) mandating a pulse oximetry test on newborns at least 24 hours of age, Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell (D-Hudson) released the following statement:

“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.

“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.”