TWIN TO TWIN TRANSFUSION
TWIN to twin transfusion syndrome is a rare, life-threatening condition that can occur in pregnancies when identical twins share a placenta. IN a typical case, one twin takes an unequal share of their mother’s single placenta. THIS means the “recipient” twin deprives the “donor” twin of blood supply, as well as other vital fluids and nutrients. WITHOUT hi-tech, keyhole surgery, there is a 90 per cent mortality rate for both babies. THE Women’s and Children’s Hospital treats about 15 cases every year. Women are treated by a team of experts at the hospital’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Service.