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Little hats, big hearts
February 9, 2018

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One-day-old Legend Kenlly Luttrell, born in early February at Cape Coral Hospital, smiles for the camera in his hand-made red hat in celebration of American Heart Month.

More than 2,000 red hats were hand-knitted or crocheted by local volunteers and donated to Lee Health hospitals in Cape Coral and Fort Myers for the annual "Little Hats, Big Hearts" initiative. Lee Health began distributing the hats to babies and mothers in its birthing centers at Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center and HealthPark Medical Center during Congenital Heart Defect Week, Feb. 7-14.

Little Hats, Big Hearts raises awareness of heart disease the No. 1 killer of all Americans and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

An estimated 40,000 infants are expected to be affected by congenital heart defects each year in the United States. Of these babies, about 25 percent require invasive treatment in the first year of life. Parents and children are affected every day by heart disease and stroke, yet many individuals still don't see cardiovascular disease as a threat to children.

Little Hats, Big hearts began in Chicago in 2014. The project has grown to include 460 hospitals in 40 states. For more information, visitwww.heart.org.

Source: Lee Health

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