Israeli doctors save miracle baby's ovaries in ‘extremely rare’ procedure

The operation means the baby will be able to have children in the future


(JNS) Israeli woman Tamar Levi was in the 35th week of her pregnancy and had an ultrasound appointment.

However, what was supposed to be a routine test turned into an emergency caesarean section followed by an immediate operation on the newborn baby girl.

The ultrasound showed an abnormality in the abdominal cavity. 

After consulting with her gynaecologist Dr Marc Zerah, Levi was rushed to Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem.

Recalling the experience, Levi said: “It was very stressful. My mother was with me and we couldn't understand what was going on."

Further examination at the hospital showed that the baby was in danger due to having cysts in both ovaries and possibly due to double Ovarian Torsion, which is when the ovaries twist on the tissues that support them. 

The doctor stressed that the baby was in danger of developing problems with fertility or losing her ovaries altogether.

Unless treated, the loss of ovaries would lead to the baby not being able to conceive in the future from her own eggs, requiring either an egg donation or hormone replacement therapy.

Dr Shay Porat, maternal and foetal medicine specialist at Hadassah, said: “A double Ovarian Torsion is extremely rare and has only been described in medical literature several times, but never in foetuses.

"In the examination performed on the foetus, we could clearly see that there was blood flow to her ovaries, but the flow was slow. I knew that we had to act quickly so as not to lose the ovaries. 

“After consultation, it was decided to induce birth for Tamar and perform emergency surgery on the baby."

Levi later described the event, adding: "The stress was huge. I prayed that it would not be too late, these were very stressful moments, but Dr Porat did everything pleasantly and made me feel that everything was under control.

"It happened so quickly; everyone made an effort and acted quickly to save my daughter's ovaries. 

“Within minutes of the diagnosis, I entered for an emergency caesarean section, and immediately after that the baby was taken for surgery, and thank God everything went smoothly. I thank everyone who took care of me."

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