PLEASANT GROVE -- After two sudden surgeries Wednesday, Ashley Gardner is on the mend and she and her husband Tyson are home again anticipating the arrival of their quadruplets.
At a Monday doctor’s appointment, the Pleasant Grove parents-to-be learned one set of their twins had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a serious disorder that sometimes occurs in identical twins who share a placenta, according to AmericanPregnancy.org.
Developed at random, TTTS occurs when there is a connection in the two babies’ blood vessels of their shared placenta. It results in one baby receiving more blood flow while the other baby receives too little, according to the American Pregnancy Association website.
On Tuesday, the couple flew to California to meet with Dr. Raman H. Chmait, director of Los Angeles Fetal Therapy within the CHLA-USC Institute for Maternal-Fetal Health. Dr. Chmait is internationally known for his research in fetal disease and minimally-invasive fetal surgery, according to his Los Angeles Fetal Therapy biography.
On Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. PT, Ashley underwent laser surgery to save the twins, two of four baby girls she is due to deliver in March 2015 if she goes full-term. The surgery was a success, and a short time later Dr. Chmait performed a cervical cerclage, a surgical procedure in which the cervix is sewn closed during pregnancy to prevent premature labor.
When Ashley left Utah, her cervix was open a few centimeters.
“By the time she got there, her cervix was completely opened,” said Steven Weisenburger, Ashley’s father. “If we hadn’t gone down on Tuesday, all our babies would be dead today.”
Ashley is feeling better and will fly home Thursday night if all goes well today, he said.
“So many other mothers of quads have used that doctor and attribute him to saving their babies' lives,” he said.
Ashley will be on bed rest for the remainder of the pregnancy, which may be until mid-December or early January, as multiples usually come early.
The couple’s Facebook page -- A Miracle Unfolding-Gardner Quadruplets -- has seen thousands of likes and comments in the hours since the couple posted about the complications. This week alone has brought in 11,000 new page likes, bringing the total page likes up to 143,000 and counting.
After eight years of infertility, Ashley and Tyson found out in early July they were expecting two sets of identical twins. Nicknamed the Gardner Quad Squad, they have seen support from around the world as they’ve shared their story via social media, blogs and through media publications. For continuous updates, visit heraldextra.com/quads or find the couple on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and at gardnerquadsquad.com.
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