Little Boaz is four months old today. As the saying goes, babies are such a wonderful way to start people! He certainly ranks top on the "wonderful" scale.
Every day I look at him, he makes me laugh, he makes me cry, but most of all, he just makes me plain happy and thankful. Thankful to God for sparing his life, and thankful to the human instruments He used to do so.
Kris, the nurse. She is super sweet and kind.
In August, our family took a short trip to Southern California. One of my main reasons for wanting to go was to take little Bo to the clinic where I had both of the life-saving procedures done while pregnant.
Dr. Chmait, the fetal surgeon
Dr. Chmait and his team are on the cutting edge of medical procedures performed on the tiniest of babies in utero, in an attempt to save their lives. It really is amazing to think that not only is possible to perform blood transfusions and other surgeries on unborn babies so small that they could completely fit inside the palm of one's hand, but that there are doctors willing to actually do it. That takes some serious nerves of steel!
We were very fortunate to live within driving distance of one of the world's leading doctors in this highly specialized field. While the laser cured the boys of TTTS, the amniopatch allowed them to carry to full term in spite of my membranes rupturing at 18 weeks. This second procedure I underwent has only been carried out approx. 60 times the world over, by just a handful of physicians. The loss of baby Jachin was neither related directly to TTTS, nor the leaking membranes. So as far as Dr. Chmait is concerned, he saved both of our boys' lives twice, even though Jachin ultimately succumbed to unrelated issues with his cord and the placenta.
If you are a mom reading this because you have been given a diagnosis of TTTS or another complication that requires treatment in the womb, please let me assure you that you will be in the best of hands with Dr. Chmait and his team. I have rarely met people as compassionate and humble as these experts. Without them, Boaz would not be with us today. We will always be indebted and thankful to them for all they did for our family.