Lonnie Somers experiences the celebration that comes with Father’s Day each and every day. Fifteen years ago, the marathon-running CFO and his pregnant wife, Michelle, raced 2,000 miles to Tampa, Fla. from Denver, Colo. in search of lifesaving help for their unborn twins.
Fetal Health Foundation Connexions magazine for 2018 has just been published online. The annual issue includes survivor photos, news on the latest grants, stories from families who have experiences fetal syndromes, and why you should be picky when choosing an OB.
Fetal Health Foundation Awards $50,000 Research Grant to Further Study Life-Threatening Fetal Lung Complication
The recipient of the 2017 Brianna Marie Memorial Research Grant, awarded annually by the Fetal Health Foundation (FHF), is a team led by Dr. Ali Gholipour of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The group’s focus will be on improved imaging for the prenatal prognosis of incomplete development of the lungs, a life-threatening complication that is associated with several fetal syndromes.
Based on blood levels, the parents were told they were probably expecting one or two babies. However, an ultrasound at six and a half weeks showed one sac with one baby and a second sac with identical triplets. Read their TTTS story.