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A Story About the First-Ever
As it turned out, their
identical twinsChristopher and Alexander (named for explorer
Christopher Columbus and warrior Alexander the Great)became
one of the early success stories of the Fetal Treatment Program.
The program is a joint venture of Rhode Island Hospitals
pediatric division Hasbro Childrens Hospital, New England
Medical Center and Women & Infants Hospital.
When they learned they were expecting
their fourth and fifth childrentwins Marjorie and
Glenn Campbell, of Mashpee, Massachusetts, parents of three healthy
children, never expected they would be in need of pioneering
surgical treatment to save the lives of their babies.
The fetal treatment team, including
Hasbro physicians François Luks, MD, and Thomas Tracy,
MD, had long been preparing to perform pioneering fetal surgery
in Rhode Island. This past summer, not one but two opportunities
occurred where the team intervened to save the lives of not only
the Campbell twins, but in another case, one of a pair of Providence
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