University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital have formed an innovative affiliation for the care of patients with congenital heart disease from the fetus through adulthood. The innovative collaboration provides families with access to one of the most extensive and experienced heart teams – highly skilled in the delivery of quality clinical services, novel therapies and a seamless continuum of care.
Successful In-Utero Fetal Aortic Valvuloplasty Reverses Heart Defects
A routine prenatal scan of a 22-week-old fetus at UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital detected an abnormal aortic valve, leading to a diagnosis of impending hypoplastic left heart syndrome and severe mitral regurgitation. Members of the Congenital Heart Collaborative, a unique affiliation between UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and UH MacDonald Women’s hospitals in Cleveland, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, performed a successful in utero fetal aortic valvuloplasty at 24 weeks gestation, resulting in a full-term birth and discharge at four days of age. This team is the only team in Ohio to offer fetal cardiac intervention.