As part of our “Monday Miracle Story” series, we will introduce you to some amazing UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients, both past and present. Their families graciously agreed to share their journeys to help underscore the importance of donating to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals so critical treatments, health care services, pediatric medical equipment, research and education can continue.
Still in his mother’s womb, Matthew Saeturn-Angeles’ parents were told he had hydrops, a condition involving an accumulation of fluid in his chest. During the previous three years, Bobby and Khae had dealt with infertility, miscarriage and the loss of a baby girl. Now their unborn son was facing a serious condition that threatened his life.
The options were limited and risky. Fetal surgery seemed the best hope. At 32 weeks gestation, doctors at the UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center made a small incision in Khae’s stomach and placed a shunt to drain fluid from Matthew’s chest. The surgery was a success and the first of its kind at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
Meet Matthew and hear his miracle story.
How donations help kids like Matthew: Children’s Miracle Network donations help fund UC Davis Children’s Hospital facilities like the Fetal Care and Treatment Center, the first of its kind in inland Northern California. Renowned experts provide highly specialized care for mother and baby before, during and after birth, all under one roof. Donations also support an extensive fetal care research program, including stem cell and tissue engineering for several fetal diseases.
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