In the fifth month of pregnancy, 38-year-old Englishwoman Natalie Kinsella, after a new ultrasound, discovered a serious kidney pathology in the fetus, which could lead to its death.
The woman was offered surgery, but was warned that surgery carried a risk of early labor and pregnancy loss.
It was also impossible to leave everything as it was – a cyst of this size could lead to the death of the little one. Together, she and her husband made the decision to have surgery.
At 27 weeks pregnant, doctors emptied six syringes full of fluid from the cyst and the fetus’ condition improved.
But, unfortunately, a week later the cyst grew back and became even bigger.
This time, surgeons used an innovative method of treatment – using a thin needle inserted into the uterus, the fetus was installed in the kidney through a shunt, which allowed the fluid to drain from it accumulated. The operation is a success.
Little Finley was born weighing 2.1 kilograms and spent the first six weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Unfortunately, the examination showed that the left kidney, which had a cyst, was not functioning. It will need to be removed when the child grows up.
But the prognosis remains good and doctors expect that the second healthy kidney will be able to function.
Finley is now 7 months old and feeling much better. The mother of four, Natalie, does not regret for a second having accepted the operation.