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Son's Birth is 'Best Christmas Ever'

When Elsa Battaglia and her husband Scott decided to start a family, they knew there might be some age-related risks. Elsa’s obstetrician/gynecologist of 10 years, John Bertrand, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., of Walnut Hill OB/GYN Associates, was also well aware of the increased risk factors for the 41-year-old mother-to-be.

Samuel Charles Battaglia came home on Dec. 24, 2013.

For this reason, Bertrand called upon the additional expertise of Brian Rinehart, M.D., a maternal fetal medicine specialist at North Texas Perinatal Associates and medical director of the Maternal High Risk Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Together, the physicians would support Elsa and her husband through a difficult diagnosis. During a routine ultrasound at 20 gestational weeks, Rinehart discovered that Elsa had a velamentous cord insertion with vasa previa. The diagnosis meant that the Battaglia baby was at a high risk of bleeding to death at the time of labor.

A few days prior to the planned delivery, Bertrand and Rinehart met to map out where the blood vessels were in Elsa’s lower uterine to ensure they would be avoided during the C-section. In the Margot Perot Center, Dr. Bertrand worked slowly and methodically during surgery in an effort to keep Elsa’s water in tact while he delivered the baby based on the strategy mapped out with Rinehart.

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