• Patient Stories

    Families Share Their Experiences with the Fetal Center

    Through the journeys we've shared with patients and families, we understand that reassurance and support can come from stories shared by families in similar situations. Here are stories of Cincinnati Fetal Center patients and their families that we hope will help and inspire others.

    From left to right: Oliver, Luke and Will Manucy.

    Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

    Sara Manucy was diagnosed with twin-twin transfusion syndrome / TTTS when she was 25 weeks pregnant. A few short days later she underwent fetoscopic surgery that saved all three of her babies’ lives.

    > READ THE MANUCYS' STORY

    Grace left, Faith right.

    Faith and Grace's Fight Against Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

    Faith Boyette (right) cuddles up to twin sister Grace. Without fetal surgery while they were in utero, both twins likely would not have survived.

    >READ GRACE AND FAITH'S STORY

    William, 4 Month's OId.

    Fetoscopic Surgery Repairs William's Bladder Outlet Obstruction

    A difficult decision about prenatal surgery for William was made easier with compassion and honesty from the Wolff family's care team.

    >READ WILLIAM'S STORY

    A photo of William.

    William's EXIT-to-Airway Procedure

    Will had a cervical teratoma in utero that grew around his neck and compromised the function of his airway. Now 2, he is an active toddler.

    >READ WILLIAM'S STORY

    Ruthie.

    Ruthie's Lung Malformation

    A large lung mass in utero – called a CPAM – threatened to restrict Ruthie's heart and lung function.

    > READ RUTHIE'S STORY

    Kristina had a tumor removed before she was born.

    Tumor Removal

    Baby Kristina underwent fetal surgery for a tumor removal, then was placed back into her mother's womb until her delivery six weeks later.

    > READ KRISTINA'S STORY

    Max Livingston.

    Bladder Obstruction

    A complication was discovered during Beth Livingston's 20-week ultrasound. She was referred to the Fetal Center where her baby was diagnosed with bladder outlet obstruction. 

    > READ MAX'S STORY

    Nicholas.

    Intestinal Blockage

    An ultrasound when Anne was 32 weeks pregnant revealed something was wrong: Her unborn son had a blockage in his intestines. Nicholas would require surgery the day after he was born.

    > READ NICHOLAS' STORY

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