At her 18-week sonogram, the technician detected that Mrs. Adams had a single placenta, a sign of Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). TTTS is a life-threatening condition that can occur when twin fetuses share one placenta.
The technician sent images to Dr. Emery, Director of Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Within in 10 minutes, Dr. Emery called the imaging center and spoke with Mr. and Mrs. Adams. Dr. Emery assured Mrs. Adams that she did have TTTS. She realized this was a serious problem, but felt like she was in good hands with Dr. Emery.
Dr. Emery monitored Mrs. Adams closely for the next 3 weeks before he performed a surgical procedure in utero to allow normal blood flow between the twin fetuses.
Mrs. Adams says, “I will never forget the moment when Dr. Emery told me that he had separated every connected blood vessel and that there were two healthy heartbeats. It was the first time I allowed myself to cry. I was so relieved and so grateful.”