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To help us celebrate our 20th anniversary, some of our patient families have shared the story of their experiences at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. We hope their stories will be a source of hope and invaluable information for other families faced with similar diagnoses.
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After a rare condition affecting her mother's pregnancy caused Christina to develop liver cysts before she was even born, her parents turned to CHOP’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. Prenatally diagnosed with hepatic mesenchymal hamartoma, Christina was one of the Center’s very first patients.
Rachael and Govind were ready to leave for a family vacation when an unexpected diagnosis of twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) abruptly changed their plans. Two days later, Rachael underwent minimally invasive fetal surgery with the hopes of halting the progression of the condition, which can be fatal if left untreated.
Tara and Travis first learned something was wrong with their unborn baby boy when they went in for a routine screening with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. The baby’s bladder was enlarged to the size of his head, indicating an obstruction. The doctor wasn’t optimistic, but they weren’t ready to give up.
Five-year-old identical twins Stella and Olivia are full of giggles. They delight in the fact that people have a hard time telling them apart. But before the girls were born, there was a very significant difference that meant a life or death situation for one or both of the twins: twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).