When Ester and Samuel found out their baby boy would be born with spina bifida, their world turned upside down. They reached out to fetal care centers across the country for help, but were turned down by all of them because of Ester’s medical history. During her first pregnancy she had to get an emergency cervical cerclage (stitching the cervix closed to prevent preterm birth) at 23 weeks, and she had the same procedure early in this pregnancy.
Then their obstetrician called with good news. Timothy Cromblehome, MD, Director of the Fetal Care Center at Connecticut Children’s, had agreed to take their case. Neither Ester nor Samuel had ever been to New England, but they got in their car and drove 3,000 miles from Oregon to Connecticut.
“When you love your child, sometimes you’re willing to do crazy things like pack up and drive 3,000 miles in order to get them a chance at being able to have a better life,” said Samuel.