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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Bennett

Video for CHOP patients & families: "What Is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Illustrated"

Before the project began

Last year, the Medical Director for the Neonatal Surgical Team, Dr. N. Rintoul, led me through a tour of the delivery suite, Neonatal Surgery Unit, and recovery rooms. I sketched and jotted notes (below) as fast as I could, while observing the inner-workings of the NICU. The focus, expertise, and compassion I observed everywhere in the unit gave me this feeling of gratitude to work at CHOP and for Dr. Rintoul to share her time with me. In the image above, Dr. Rintoul demonstrates how her team follows an illustrated guide to stabilize a newborn patient's breathing. The illustration on the monitor is by our Lead Illustrator, Eo Trueblood.

In the recovery room, I spoke with a family whose newborn baby was diagnosed with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). They generously shared their experience at CHOP with me. After hearing their story, I asked, 'What was the most difficult part to understand about the diagnosis?' and other questions to better understand the patient/family perspective. I am so grateful for the insight this family shared with me, and I'm happy to see that the video covers many of the topics they wanted explained to them better.

The final video

Eo Trueblood created a series of colorful and didactic illustrations demonstrating the progression, and surgical repair of CDH. These illustrations show what the unique anatomy looks like, how CDH impacts organs of the abdomen and chest, how a surgical repair can help solve the complication, and what the anatomy will look like after the procedure.

Check out the video description to learn more about CDH and the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Thanks for reading!

Brittany Bennett

Stream Studios

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