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- Baby born 19 weeks early defies long odds and astonishes doctors
Michelle Butler was 21 weeks pregnant with twins — a boy and a girl — when she felt contractions. As her sister drove her to the hospital, Ms. Butler prayed for them to stop. But the contractions persisted and on July 5, 2020, at about 1 p.m., the babies, C’Asya Zy-Nell and Curtis Zy-Keith Means, were born. She was told that the infants, who each weighed under a pound, had less than a 1 percent chance of survival.
- A promising new antiseizure drug tailored to newborns
Neonatal seizures can lead to serious consequences, including significant cognitive and motor disabilities, lifelong epilepsy, and death. They are often highly resistant to treatment, in part because seizures in newborns are fundamentally different from seizures in older children and adults. Yet they are treated in much the same way as older patients, with little change over the decades. Better treatment is clearly needed. Over the past decade, research led by Janet Soul, MD, director of the Fetal-Neonatal Neurology Program at Boston Children's Hospital, has supported use of a completely new seizure treatment—one that's tailored to newborns' uniquely excitable brains.
- After 'nightmare' IVF mix up, 2 mothers give birth to each other's babies
Alexander and Daphna Cardinale were already the proud parents of a young girl. But when she kept asking for a sibling, they decided to do in-vitro fertilization at a clinic their friend recommended. On their second try, Daphna Cardinale got pregnant and carried a baby girl to term.