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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley put pen to paper and signed a law aimed at keeping newborn babies healthy Wednesday in the Upstate. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley put pen to paper and signed a law aimed at keeping newborn babies healthy Wednesday in the Upstate.

Haley Signs New Law Aimed At Newborn Health - August 7, 2013 at 5:27 p.m.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley put pen to paper and signed a law aimed at keeping newborn babies healthy Wednesday in the Upstate.

The Emerson Rose Act is in honor of a child from Clemson who died from a congenital heart defect.

The new law requires doctors to test all babies in South Carolina so they can get treatment as soon as possible.

“I expect there are going to be quite a few lives that are saved,” explains Dr. Manisha Patel of Greenville Health System. “Just to give you an idea, me as one single physician in my practice of five, we routinely get a call every week about a child that’s failed the screening, and almost always it’s because of an undiagnosed congenital heart lesion.”

Emerson’s parents have committed to providing all 43 birthing hospitals with the devices needed to comply with the law. Their foundation has also given more than 23,000 to support families.

New SC Law Will Help Save Newborns - August 7, 2013 at 5:55 a.m.

The Emerson Rose Act is set to be signed into law in Seneca today.

The law will make it mandatory for all newborns to have a pulse oximetry test immediately after being born.

A pulse oximetry test shows congenital heart defects in babies. The test is inexpensive for hospitals and noninvasive for the newborns.

A pad will be placed on the child's finger and toe, it will determine how much oxygen is flowing through the blood.

Some hospitals do this test already, but now it will be mandatory.

This law was created after a two month old from Clemson died due to a congenital heart defect.  Emerson's doctors knew she had the defect before she was born, but many go undetected until they are two to three weeks old.

To learn more about the Emerson Rose Foundation, click here.

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