Life limiting stillbirth

A stillbirth experience shared

Katalina’s Story 

Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette 7/16/19

Earlier this year, Gabriela and Ben Hershman, of Oakmont, became one of those families. At a routine visit early in the pregnancy, their doctor couldn’t find a heartbeat and sent them for an ultrasound. While the ultrasound showed a heartbeat, it also showed abnormalities in the lymphatic system. Their baby was later diagnosed through genetic testing as having Turner syndrome, in which girl babies have one missing or incomplete X chromosome.

Told that Turner syndrome is fatal in utero 99 percent of the time, the Hershmans prayed that their baby would be the one who defied the odds, and also began documenting the pregnancy at a boutique ultrasound clinic, InSight Imaging in Monroeville, that produced more detailed pictures than the standard hospital ones.

The owner of the ultrasound center, Henriette Clark, partners with Ms. Bradley to provide free ultrasounds to families facing life-limiting diagnoses, and suggested the Hershmans contact her.

They met Ms. Bradley soon afterward, starting to talk about tough subjects like stillbirth that the Hershmans hoped they wouldn’t have to confront. 

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