Introduction to Fetal Lung Anomalies (1 of 10)



>> AT ABOUT 20 WEEKS WE WENT
IN FOR, WHAT WE THOUGHT, WAS GOING TO BE A NORMAL
ULTRASOUND AND FOUND OUT THAT WE HAD A LUNG LESION
AND WE NEEDED TO DEAL WITH IT. >> YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU FIND
OUT THAT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM AND YOU'RE 20 WEEKS PREGNANT,
YOU'RE ONLY HALFWAY THROUGH THE PREGNANCY, AND YOU STILL
HAVE 20 WEEKS LEFT TO GO. AND SO YOU HAVE
20 WEEKS OF WORRY, 20 WEEKS OF TESTS, AND 20 WEEKS
TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO END UP WITH A HEALTHY BABY. AND THAT JUST SEEMS
LIKE A LIFETIME. >> FOR FAMILIES LIKE NAOMI'S,
FINDING OUT THAT YOU'RE PREGNANT WITH A FETUS WITH A LUNG
LESION CAN BE DEVASTATING. FOR US, WE SEE IT FREQUENTLY
EVERY DAY. >> OUR PHYSICIAN, AS GOOD AS SHE
WAS AT IDENTIFYING WHAT IT WAS, HAD SEEN ONE OR TWO IN HER
LIFETIME. >> YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT
THESE TUMORS ARE EXTREMELY RARE. >> FOR AN OBSTETRICIAN, SAY,
IN THE COMMUNITY, HE OR SHE MAY SEE ONE CASE OF
FETAL LUNG LESION IN THEIR PROFESSIONAL LIFE. >> EVERY YEAR WE MEET PEOPLE
THAT WERE TOLD THAT THEIR BABY WOULD NEVER HAVE A NORMAL LIFE
AND THAT THEY SHOULD TERMINATE THE PREGNANCY. >> THERE'S A LOT OF
MISINFORMATION OUT THERE. >> WE HAVE MANY PATIENTS THAT
HAVE HAD TERMINATION RECOMMENDED WHEN, IN REALITY, WE WOULD HAVE
AN OPTIMISTIC VIEWPOINT FOR THAT PARTICULAR TUMOR. >> YOU GET DIAGNOSED WITH A
CCAM, YOU CLEARLY FEEL LIKE– OKAY, I'M PRETTY UNLUCKY. BUT LET ME TELL YOU, WE WERE
AMONG THE LUCKY. WE HAVE A CHILD WHO'S
LEADING A NORMAL LIFE. >> YES. >> NO. >> THIS IS REALLY A SERIOUS
DIAGNOSIS, AND WE TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. BUT TODAY THE VAST MAJORITY
OF THESE STORIES HAVE HAPPY ENDINGS. >> AT THE END OF THE DAY,
THEY WERE RIGHT. AND WE HAD SURGERY, AND WE
HAVE–WE HAVE A WONDERFULLY HEALTHY CHILD. >> SHE'S BEAUTIFUL. SHE RUNS. SHE SCREAMS. SHE USES THOSE LUNGS. AND SHE'S GOT A WHOLE LIFE
IN FRONT OF HER. >> OUR GOAL AT THE CENTER IS TO
BE ABLE TO GIVE FAMILIES AND PHYSICIANS A BETTER SENSE OF
A PARTICULAR FETUS'S PROBLEM AND HOW BEST TO MANAGE IT. >> HI, THIS IS JAN CALLING
FROM CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. FINE, HOW ARE YOU DOING? THAT'S GOOD. THAT'S GOOD. I NEED TO GET SOME INFORMATION
FROM YOU SO WE CAN GET YOU– >> WHEN YOU COME HERE, YOU'RE
GOING TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE TREATED HUNDREDS OF MOTHERS
WITH FETAL LUNG PROBLEMS. YOU'RE GOING TO KNOW HOW
TO MANAGE THE PREGNANCY FROM THIS POINT FORWARD. AND WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE, YOU
WILL BE COMPLETELY REASSURED AS TO WHAT THE PREGNANCY PROBLEM
IS AND THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT.

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