Friday, March 8, 2013

High risk fetal surgery saves child's life

FOX6 in Milwaukee has the story of Elijah Leffingwell, a 14-week old infant, who received a life-saving surgery while he was still in the womb. 
April Leffingwell’s first 20-week ultrasound first revealed a macro-cyst.

“Thousands of tiny little cysts all the way around the lower left lobe of his lung,” said Jason Leffingwell.

“It was so scary. I didn’t understand. Why me? I didn’t think it was fair,” April Leffingwell said.

So began the Leffingwell’s journey to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where they met fetal surgeon Dr. Scott Adzick.

Dr. Adzick had video taken of little Elijah’s surgery — a complex, high-risk operation that required taking Elijah partly out of his mother’s womb just halfway through her pregnancy. Dr. Adzick then removed a mass the size of an orange from Elijah’s lung.