Successful FETO Surgery for CDH Allows Trey to Thrive A Year Later
Healthy and happy. That’s how first-time parents Nora and Tim Courtney describe their 1-year-old son Trey.
His health and well-being are paramount, of course. His happiness is an added bonus.
“He just smiles all the time,” said Nora. “He’s been through hell and back—but he keeps on smiling. He’s one of the happiest kids.”
It all began before Trey was born, during Nora’s 24-week ultrasound, when it was discovered that his heart was pushed to the side and there was excess fluid in his chest.
Referred to a maternal fetal medicine (MFM) specialist where they live in Indianapolis, baby Trey was diagnosed with a severe right-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).
CDH is a rare condition that occurs when a baby’s diaphragm—the layer of muscle between the abdominal and chest cavities—doesn’t close properly. Right-sided CDH is even more rare than left-sided CDH. In Trey, who had a severe right-sided CDH, a large portion of his liver and intestines had pushed through the opening and into the chest cavity. The overcrowding organs in his chest put pressure on his heart and lungs, preventing them from developing normally.
With her baby in need of expert help, Nora was referred to the Fetal Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s, where they learned Trey’s CDH was much more severe than the family had realized.
A Sense of Peace after Arriving at Cincinnati Children’s
During an informative two-day visit, Nora and Tim met with the multi-discipline fetal team (Neonatology, MFM, fetal nurse), including Foong-Yen Lim, MD, surgical director of the Fetal Care Center.