Mum and baby’s lives are saved by med­i­cal teams

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A heav­ily preg­nant woman had an ex­tra­or­di­nary life-sav­ing op­er­a­tion to give birth to her son and re­pair a tear in her heart.

Mar­garet Wang, who was 37 weeks preg­nant, fell ill at her home in Folke­stone dur­ing the mid­dle of the night suf­fer­ing from head and back pain.

Her part­ner, Peter War­ren, called the NHS 111 helpline and were told to head straight to hos­pi­tal dur­ing the or­deal two weeks ago.

She is now mak­ing an ex­cel­lent re­cov­ery and both mum and baby are do­ing well and ex­pect­ing to head home in the com­ing days.

The cou­ple ar­rived at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal in Ash­ford, where the anaes­thetic and ob­stet­ric team con­ducted a CT scan and found a tear in Ms Wang’s aorta – the main artery which car­ries blood away from the heart and around the body.

The tear can be fa­tal if it is not de­tected and re­paired quickly but was picked up by two ju­nior doc­tors, Dr Cather­ine Lloyd and Dr Freda Amoakwa-Adu.

Con­sul­tant anaes­thetist Dr Christina Sch­nei­der-Smith, who was on call at the time, said: “The ju­nior doc­tors’ clin­i­cal, pro­fes­sional and hu­man fac­tors acu­men was out­stand­ing. I had the plea­sure to see this di­rectly, as I was con­sul­tant on call for labour ward in the morn­ing.

“Wi t h o u t Freda and Cather­ine, the out­come for mother and baby could have been dif­fer­ent be­cause this is a rare and time-crit­i­cal con­di­tion.”

They have both been nom­i­nated for awards high­light­ing ex­cel­lence in clin­i­cal prac­tice.

Ms Wang, 42, was trans­ferred to King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don – a spe­cial­ist car­di­ol­ogy cen- tre in the treat­ment of aor­tic dis­ease – by an am­bu­lance on blue lights and joined by her part­ner and a doc­tor and mid­wife.

She was im­me­di­ately rushed to an op­er­at­ing theatre, where a team of ob­ste­tri­cians, pae­di­a­tri­cians, car­dio­tho­racic sur­geons, nurses and anaes­thetists were wait­ing to op­er­ate.

Doc­tors car­ried out a cae­sarean sec­tion and suc­cess­fully de­liv­ered a baby boy, who has not yet been named. He needed help breath­ing when he was first born and had to be put on a ven­ti­la­tor.

The car­dio­tho­racic team, led by Olaf Wendler, a pro­fes­sor of car­diac surgery, opened Ms Wang’s ch­est to re­place part of her aorta. Her baby is now off the ven­ti­la­tor and Ms Wang is hop­ing to re­turn home to Folke­stone in the next few days to join Peter and their two-year-old son, Wolfie.

Mar­garet Wang with her new baby and her part­ner Peter War­ren. She had to have an ex­tra­or­di­nary op­er­a­tion to re­pair a tear in her aorta and give birth to her baby boy

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