In a July 20 ceremony in his State Capitol office, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a bill requiring screening for heart defects to be conducted on newborns.
"This law is a tribute to the hard work and advocacy of Marie Hatcher of Sherman," Sen. Michael McLachlan said. "Marie’s son, Matthew, was born with a congenital heart defect, and Marie has become a strong and effective champion for this simple, non-invasive, and cost-effective screening. It was an uplifting ceremony, and we thank Gov. Malloy for signing our bill into law."
"Learning about congenital heart defects and screening for those defects can and will save lives," Rep. Rich Smith said. "Early detection leads to early intervention to correct the defect so children can lead a normal life. We thank Marie Hatcher for her advocacy and we were so glad the Hatcher family was present at the ceremony."
McLachlan represents Sherman, New Fairfield, Danbury and Bethel.
Smith represents Sherman, New Fairfield, New Milford and Kent.