By Dave Andrusko Few stories are more intriguing, more fascinating than accounts of breakthrough in fetal surgery—treating the unborn as a patient. A press release issued from Boston Children’s Hospital touted how doctors had performed the first ever successful brain surgery on a baby in the womb. “Vein of Galen malformation” (VOGM) is “a rare …Continue reading "A first: team of doctors perform, life-saving brain surgery on baby in the womb"
The option of in-utero surgery is proving to be a more positive prospect for parents By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children A remarkable, cutting age medical intervention has given joy to a family and life to their baby boy who was threatened by a rare illness in the womb. Baby Edward, also …Continue reading "Unborn baby saved through ‘extraordinary’ in utero blood transfusion"
By Texas Right to Life A recent episode of the television show “The Good Doctor” tells a life-affirming story in which an ailing mother and baby are both treated by a medical team. The October 16 episode of “The Good Doctor,” which follows the residency of Dr. Shaun Murphy, accurately portrays the sometimes extreme pressure …Continue reading "ABC’s “The Good Doctor” features life-saving surgery for preborn baby after a mother rejects abortion"
By Nancy Flanders Catherine Harper of Auckland, New Zealand, flew to Brisbane, Australia, in December to receive surgery on her preborn son who was diagnosed with a severe form of spina bifida. The procedure, which must be performed between 16 and 26 weeks gestation, has been available in the United States for years, but was …Continue reading "Pregnant New Zealand woman undergoes surgery in Australia for son with spina bifida"
Saved by surgery in the womb By John Stonestreet Did you know that babies can be born again? No, it’s not theology I’m talking about but science, and the implications are enormous. While in her mother’s womb, Lynlee Boemer developed an exceedingly rare tumor that grows near the tailbone at the base of the spine. …Continue reading "Born-Again Babies"
By Dave Andrusko Imagine being only two-years-old and undergoing surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, California, so complicated it stretched out a whopping 17 hours. That’s what it took to separate conjoined twins Eva and Erika McDonald. On Wednesday, the hospital released a video of the twins who were separated a week ago …Continue reading "Family celebrates successful separation of conjoined twin sisters"
By Dave Andrusko We’ve carried many stories of fetal surgery in which surgeons most typically correct spina bifida or remove lung tumors. But a report that came out recently in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology documented a medical first. Three years ago surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP] opened up Katie Rice’s …Continue reading "Baby could have been aborted, but fetal surgery corrects rare heart condition"