When Gayle and Charles Hughes, of Woodbury, NJ, became pregnant after several miscarriages, the couple was overjoyed. But after Gayle's obstetrician recommended an advanced ultrasound to monitor the baby she was carrying, their joy turned to alarm.
Their son Charlie was diagnosed with a giant omphalocele, a life-threatening condition in which his liver, intestines and stomach protruded outside his abdomen, covered by a thin sac of tissue. Though the local hospital recommended terminating the pregnancy, the couple sought help from the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They soon became one of the Center’s first patients. Read more about Charlie’s journey.
Gayle walked into The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia when she was 16 weeks pregnant with her son Charlie. Look at him now.
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