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  • Allison & Quinn Mendez

    Living Proof that the Gift of Life Is Possible

    Pedsurg Mendez Family Photo Quinn
    Our story began on March 5, 2012. We were almost 26 weeks along with our second child, a son. The pregnancy had been uneventful; however, at our 20 week ultrasound our obstetrician was not able to get a clear view of our son’s heart. He told us that from what he could see, his heart appeared fine but he would like a follow up ultrasound in six weeks. We felt no cause for alarm and were pleased that our doctor was being so thorough. On the day of the follow up appointment, our doctor informed us he saw a large collection of fluid in our baby’s chest around his lungs. I also had too much[...]
    Story Tags: Fetal Surgery
  • Sloane Rilliet

    After Specialized Prenatal and Newborn Care, a Healthy Girl

    Sloane Rilliet
    Halfway through her pregnancy, Elizabeth Gedney learned her baby had congenital diaphragmatic hernia, or CDH, a potentially life-threatening defect in which the diaphragm doesn't form properly in utero. Gedney's case was relatively mild, but she required close monitoring throughout her pregnancy. Her daughter, Sloane, received intensive care after birth, followed by several surgeries to repair her diaphragm. Gedney speaks about the diagnosis and Sloane's treatment at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. How did you find out Sloane had congenital[...]
    Story Tags: Congenital Diaphragmatic HerniaFetal Surgery
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