Treating High-Risk Pregnancies

– With the rise in twin
and multiple pregnancies comes more mothers whose pregnancies are considered high-risk. KCTV5’s Amy Anderson takes a closer look at the life-saving services offered at one of our local hospitals. – I’m definitely tired, but it’s great. – [Amy] Sarah Hammontree got to take one of her twin girls
home just the other day. The other baby will stay here
at Overland Park Regional for a few more days
before joining her sister. Hammontree’s pregnancy was
high-risk from the start. She’d had two previous
surgeries on her uterus and that meant her pregnancy
would be extra risky, even with one baby, let alone two. – I mean there was a
moment of joy for sure and excitement but it
was followed very closely by just kind of, terror. – [Amy] That’s because
the risk for problems jumps dramatically when a woman
is carrying identical twins that share the same placenta. Twin-to-Twin Transfusion
Syndrome is common in these pregnancies and very dangerous. It’s when one baby gets too much blood, the other, too little. It’s what happened to
little Vera and Iris. – Partway through the
pregnancy at about 24 weeks we had early Twin-Twin Transfusion with massive amount of
fluid within one twin. – [Amy] Dr. Brent Finley
worked with Dr. Corey Iqbal on a plan for Hammontree
and her little girls. Her TTS was in stage
one, which was good news. – Once it progresses to stage
two, the mortality rate, the chance of the twins not
surviving, starts to exceed 90%. So fortunately, she
stayed at the stage one. – [Amy] The team decided to try amnio-reduction on Hammontree, a short procedure to pull fluid out, relieving the pressure on her uterus. It worked, if it hadn’t, the next step would’ve been surgery. – When it does progress, then
the most common treatment is to put a vitascope in, it goes through a 3.3 millimeter incision into the uterus and a laser fiber’s used to stop the blood flow
through the the blood vessels that are connecting
the two twins together. – [Amy] Hammontree
suffered one more setback, severe pain the day after the amnio. She thought she was in labor, but it turned out a cyst had ruptured. She was once again whisked upstairs for observation for a couple of days. The babies were born on
June 8th at 34 weeks. One weighed four pounds the other, five. Hammontree says she’s
grateful all of the procedures she underwent happened under one roof. – I just can’t say enough good things about this hospital and what they offer. – [Amy] Hammontree says the
team of doctors and nurses here are like family now and says
she’ll always be grateful for the life-saving
treatment she received. Lots of curve balls, but in
the end, she was the winner. – You hear people say
before you become a parent that there’s just no way to explain it and there really isn’t. – [Amy] In Overland Park, Kansas, Amy Anderson, KCTV5 News. – For the latest from HCA Midwest Health go to and
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