Tara and Travis Markel first learned something was wrong with their unborn baby boy during a routine screening with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. The baby’s bladder was enlarged to the size of his head, indicating an obstruction. Their doctor wasn’t optimistic, but Tara and Travis weren’t ready to give up.
In their research, they found The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the more they learned, the more they knew it was where they needed to be. At 19 weeks, Tara underwent a fetal shunt procedure to bypass the lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO) and allow urine to drain from the baby’s bladder into the amniotic fluid. At 37 weeks, Owen was born. Read more about Owen's journey.
Tara walked into The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia when she was 17 weeks pregnant with Owen. Look at him now.
Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction (LUTO)
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