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Next Tuesday, April 19, is "Eleanor Kathrine Baker & Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) Action Day."

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Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead declared Tuesday, April 19 to be "Eleanor Kathrine Baker & Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) Action Day."

Craighead invited the Baker family and media to his office this week to present the proclamation and raise awareness from the often life-threatening birth defect that limits the growth of the lungs due to abnormal development of the diaphragm before birth.

Craighead said that very few people are aware of it. The Baker family - including dad, Kris, mom, Lindsey and older sister, Julia, admitted they were not aware of it prior to the birth of their youngest daughter, Ellie Kate.

Although CDH can be detected during pregnancy, in Lindsey's case it was not. After birth, Ellie Kate was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, where she stayed for 67 days.

Ellie Kate is currently 18-months-old and was adorable in pink shoes and a matching tutu for her visit to the mayor's office.

"We are always glad to put the word out and bring awareness," Craighead added.

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