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Manitoba Lung Association opened new office and celebrated life-saving surgery that gave toddler normal life

From the Very First Breath event acknowledged pioneering work of Dr. Richard Keijzer

On Thursday, December 10 the Manitoba Lung Association opened our new offices and celebrated the research and surgical techniques pioneered in Winnipeg by Dr. Richard Keijzer MD, PhD, MSc, that allows two-year-old Kara Hamm to live a normal life.

Kara was born with a life-threatening lung disease called congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). Every day 150 children are born with CDH. It causes children to be born with a hole in their diaphragms and abnormal lungs which makes breathing difficult.

CDH is almost as common as cystic fibrosis and claims the lives of 15 to 30 children every day. It is not understood why the lungs of CDH babies develop as they do and there is no cure. But thanks to world-class research funded, in part, by the Manitoba Lung Association, there is better insight into the abnormal lung development and new therapies can be explored.

Dr. Keijzer is the recipient of the New Investigator grant and is one of the world's leading surgeons and researchers working to find the cause of CDH.

The grant is awarded over a five-year period to a researcher who has not yet received independent research funding. The grant is funded by the Manitoba Lung Association in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.

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