Meet Elliana: Pre-natal blood transfusion - Television Commercial

Meet blonde-haired, blue-eyed Elliana of Mantua, Ohio. She survived a life-saving blood transfusion in the womb and is the apple of her mother's eye. At 16 weeks, Elliana's mom, Lisa, learned that her blood was Rh-negative but the babys blood was Rh-positive. The combination can be life-threatening for the fetus if the positive cells are introduced to the mothers immune system. Lisa was referred to Akron Children's Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center, where she received weekly blood-tranfusion procedures to save Elliana's life. During a transfusion at 28 weeks, Elliana's heart rate dropped dangerously low and the maternal-fetal medicine team performed an emergency C-section. After Elliana was born, she was immediately transported to Akron Children's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

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