Medical Minute 9-30: Saving Babies Inside the Womb

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

"What's your name?" "Alice." "What's sissy's name?" "Sissy."

Two sisters have an amazing bond.

"How they interact with each other, they just love each other."

Lisa Davis almost lost her girls two times, having two fetal surgeries in one pregnancy.

"I almost didn't have them... twice," said Lisa Davis.

Lisa developed twin to twin transfusion syndrome just months into her pregnancy. That's when one identical twin gives too much blood to the other and doesn't get enough blood back.

"If she chose to do nothing she would lose the pregnancy with a 90 to 95% chance of loss," said Ramen Chmait, M.D. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Los Angeles, California.

Fetal surgeon Ramen Chmait and his team at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center came aboard. He's one of the few who can separate those blood vessels by using a laser. The twins no longer shared blood flow, and the surgery was a success.

"One minute we were ecstatic and the next minute we were 'oh my gosh.'"

Doctor Chmait then found *this blood vessel from the placenta trapped between the fetus and the opening of the birth canal. It's called "vasa previa" - and occurs in just one out of every 3000 births.

"If the door opens the blood vessel will burst and the baby will have a high rate of either bleeding out or dying," said Ramen Chmait, M.D.

Just like the first surgery, he lasered the vessels shut and delivered the twins six weeks early.

"I remember very well, he came up to me, held my hand, and said 'you did it Lisa.'"

"I think that's why she's so thankful."

Thankful she gets the chance to watch her girls learn and grow.

For More Information, Contact:Terri MaitinoHollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (323) 361-6074

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