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Incompatible Blood: Saving a Pregnancy through Fetal Blood Transfusion

Posted Dec 10 2013 6:00am
Doctors at Sinai Hospital have performed a series of rare blood transfusion procedures for a patient who wasn’t even born. It all started when Taneytown resident Stephanie Buckley, who has Rh-negative blood, began searching the internet about her pregnancy. Stephanie had already given birth to two sons who were Rh-positive; the second one had severe jaundice and nearly needed a blood transfusion after birth. That’s when Stephanie learned she was Rh-sensitized, a condition in which her blood had developed antibodies that would attack the red blood cells of any Rh-positive baby she was carrying. Heading into her third pregnancy, her OB/GYN said being Rh-sensitized was a good thing. However Stephanie wasn’t convinced. “I would Google stuff every night – my husband thought I was nuts – but something just didn’t feel right,” she says. Because what she was reading online didn’t match what her OB/GYN was telling her, midway through her third pregnancy ...
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