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Mar 31, 2015
Lesly and Lilly. Image provided by PBS.
Lesly Leiva was 12 weeks pregnant when she received the devastating news that her baby had a large tumor growing out of her mouth and would likely die. After turning to the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she found the hope she was searching for.
When Lesly was 35 ½ weeks pregnant, Holly Hedrick, MD, performed an EXIT delivery. An EXIT procedure involves partially delivering the baby to establish an airway and remove some of the tumor while the baby is still attached to her mother.
Lesly is one of several patient families who allowed film crews to follow along on their medical journeys as part of a three-part documentary series for PBS, “Twice Born: Stories from the Special Delivery Unit.” Tune in to PBS on March 31, April 7 and April 14 to watch the documentary and hear Lesly’s full story.
Get a sneak peek into Lesly's journey and find out how Lilly is doing today.