Giving to Hasbro
Double the Promise:
Fetal Surgery for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
I had an overwhelmingly good feeling about the
doctors. I knew it would be okay. I also had faith that whatever
happened, I would accept it, said Corriere.
Upon arrival at Hasbro Childrens
Hospital, the diagnosis of advanced twin-to-twin transfusion
syndrome was confirmed. Fetal surgery was recommended. The results
of laser fetal surgery appear to be better than those of any
other techniques. Survival of at least one twin is between 70
and 80 percent, and survival of both twins is between 30 and
40 percent. Also, the complication rate appears to be much lower.
Corrieres fetal surgery was scheduled for that very evening.
Corriere says, I had an
overwhelmingly good feeling about the doctors. I knew it would
be okay. I also had faith that whatever happened, I would accept
Francois Luks, MD, of Hasbro
Childrens Hospital, was the lead physician on the team
of clinicians who conducted the surgery. The surgery, laser coagulation
of the communicating placental vessels, uses a laser to block
the vessels that connect the twins. Originally described in 1995
by Julian DeLia, MD, this form of fetal surgery is performed
in only a handful of centers worldwide.
The cutting-edge fetal laser
surgery procedure at Hasbro Childrens Hospital enabled
Corriere to beat the odds. She gave birth to two beautiful baby
girls on July 27, 2005. Although one was born with a heart complication,
both twins are doing tremendously well.
to Hasbro Children's Hospital