preemie family 311.
(photo credit: HIllel Yaffe)
A 27-year-old Zichron Ya’acov woman gave birth prematurely to twins in her 27th
week of pregnancy and had to receive 107 pints of blood and its components at
Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera after a cesarean section.
doctors said was a “miracle,” both she and her twins survived and are doing
Iris Oringer discovered that her waters broke; she was rushed to
the hospital for a cesarean (on her birthday) and found she suffered from an
infection as well. But her uterus was unable to contract, and she suffered from
In addition to the large number of transfusions, she
also received the very expensive Factor 7 to promote clotting of her
Prof. Motti Helek, head of obstetrics/gynecology and an expert in
high-risk pregnancies, said he had done all he could to keep the pregnancy going
as long as possible, but the sudden leak of amniotic fluid made it
The discovery of the infection created a dramatic situation
in which the fetuses had to be removed immediately.
Nearly every relevant
expert at Hillel Yaffe, including neonatologists to care for the tiny infants,
were on the scene. The 107 transfusions were more than they could remember
having been given at the hospital.
The team succeeded in stabilizing
Oringer, and she was sent to intensive care, Within a few days, she recovered
well and was moved to obstetrics.
Ten days later, she sits in the
neonatal intensive care unit with her wins. Still looking a little pale, she
said on Wednesday: “It’s hard to believe that my entire blood capacity was
replaced and I am still here. It was not the gift I expected, but the team
clearly gave me my life back. I’m just waiting for the twins to get stronger and
to take them home.”
Helek said it was a privilege to see the complex
teamwork end in the saving of the mother and her babies.