A mother and her 29-week-old unborn child are doing well after a team of physicians performed a successful in utero
procedure at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) last week. Known as fetal aortic valvuloplasty, this is the first heart procedure done before birth in Ohio.
This rare approach helps prevent the progression of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) in about half of all treated patients. Babies born with HLHS are sometimes referred to as having half a heart, because the left chambers of the heart are too small to pump blood to the body. The minimally invasive procedure may make the baby healthier and more stable at birth and may decrease the number of open-heart surgeries for the child later in life.
“Right now, mom and baby are doing well, and we noted improvement in the way the blood flows through the heart prior to mom’s discharge,” says James Strainic, MD, Director, Fetal Heart Program at UH Rainbow.
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