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Diaphragmatic Hernia, an inspiring story of courage and hope.

CONGENITAL DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA:  A birth defect, which is an abnormality that occurs before birth as a foetus is forming in the mother's uterus. An opening is present in the diaphragm (the muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity). With this type of birth defect, some of the organs that are normally found in the abdomen move up into the chest cavity through this abnormal opening.

The Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Survivor

This website has been compiled by very proud parents; Barry and Lindsey Dyson. It is a story of how against all the odds, a very poorly Imogen was born with a Diaphragmatic Hernia and survived. This was diagnosed at the 20 week scan and was obviously a distressing time of uncertainty.


It is put together in mind that on discovering the problem, by instinct, parents to be turn to the internet to discover what it’s all about and what lies ahead. To the Dyson family, the reading often appeared to be bleak and gloomy. There were barely any sites to instil optimism. This site is written for those parents expecting a DH baby in a bid to give the hope and optimism that is desperately sought.

Barry, Lindsey and Imogen by the Cherry Tree planted on her 1st Birthday.


Barry and Lindsey would be happy to give advice or answer questions on the subject or would be delighted to hear from couples who have faced a similar situation.

Updated November 2009