While still in her mother’s womb, Faith Taylor was diagnosed with heart malformations that prevent full oxygenation of the baby’s blood, leading to what is called “blue-baby syndrome.”
A University of Maryland Medical Center multidisciplinary team at the Center for Advanced Fetal Care detected the congenital defect when Faith’s mother, Feren Taylor, was in her fifth month of pregnancy.
“I was in disbelief, because I had never heard of congenital heart defects,” says Ms. Taylor.
Geoffrey Rosenthal, MD, PhD, head of pediatric cardiology, met with Ms. Taylor to explain her baby’s condition. He discussed the care that would be delivered immediately at birth and the surgery and follow-up care that would help Faith live a normal and active life.
Moments after Faith was born, coordinated care teams at The Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Children’s Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital worked to stabilize her breathing. By the time Faith was 6 months old, Sunjay Kaushal, MD, PhD, director of pediatric cardiac surgery, had performed two major operations to correct her heart defects.
Faith, now 5, is doing well, while her mother continues to marvel at her energy. “You would never know she’s been through so much,” says Ms. Taylor.
SUNJAY KAUSHAL, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Director of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Co-Director of the Children’s Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.
GEOFFREY ROSENTHAL, MD, PhD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Children’s Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.
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