Tom and Rochelle Jones learned that their unborn twins were in danger during a prenatal ultrasound. The girls had twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a condition in which the blood passes unequally between the babies while they’re developing in utero. Without intervention, the condition can be fatal for both twins.
The Jones family turned to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment for help. There, doctors performed a minimally invasive fetoscopic laser surgery procedure, closing off connected blood vessels that were causing the imbalance. The fetal surgery procedure is intended to stop the transfusion of blood and halt the progression of TTTS.
It worked, and Aspen and Ainsley were born healthy at full-term.
To learn more about TTTS and meet Aspen and Ainsley, watch Raising Healthy Kids: Twin-twin Transfusion.