Notre Dame High School Student Helps Pass a Bill That Will Help Future Babies
As a kid, we all had big dreams to either become that famous actor everyone loves, a doctor, or a lawyer. For many those dreams come true once they are a lot older and have put in a ton of work.
What seems to amaze me every time is when kids accomplish their dreams at a very young age.
According to the Notre Dame High School’s website, Eva Drennan, who is a Freshman at Notre Dame High School, recently helped get a bill passed that will "require newborn infants to be screened for Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection"
It is stated on uptodate.com that Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the "leading cause of nonhereditary sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) and can cause other long-term neurodevelopmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, vision impairment, and seizures.”
1 in 200 babies can be affected by this infection.
On the Notre Dame High School’s website it is stated that "Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a bill into law" that was pushed by the high school freshman but she could not do this all by herself.
We learned that Eva Drennan was also backed by Senator Linda Greenstein and Senator Steven Oroho.
This idea of pushing the bill that "requires newborn infants to be screened for Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection" started after Evan Drennan saw a social media post by one of her former teachers from St. Gregory the Great Academy which said, "Why is New Jersey not on top of this?”
From there, Eva Drennan did all she could to make sure it was something that was required when babies were born in the state of New Jersey.