In Lauren Harkness’ 14th week of pregnancy, an ultrasound revealed that her unborn baby suffered from a rare birth defect known as congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM). After learning that the prognosis was not good, Lauren and her husband Eric turned to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for hope.
The cyst had grown substantially, limiting the growth of their unborn baby’s right lung. Julie Moldenhauer, MD, maternal-fetal medicine specialist and medical director of the SDU, N. Scott Adzick, MD, surgeon-in-chief and director of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, and their team decided to use a prenatal steroid treatment to help the lung grow while stopping the growth of the cyst.
The treatment was successful in saving the baby from heart failure and stopping growth of the mass, but the CCAM was still very large. After a planned c-section at 37 weeks, their son Camden was delivered in the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit (SDU) at CHOP and immediately sent to an adjacent operating room where Dr. Adzick performed lifesaving surgery. But his journey did not end there!
Learn more about Camden’s treatment and find out how he is doing today.