Twenty years ago, Dr. Francois Luks, a pediatric surgeon with Brown Surgical Associates, and Dr. Stephen Carr, a maternal and fetal specialist from Women and Infants Hospital, embarked on a partnership that would change countless lives.
The duo became the first in New England to perform in utero surgery on identical twins with a condition known as twin to twin transfusion syndrome. Identical twins normally share a balanced amount of blood. However, with TTTS the distribution of blood is uneven, with one fetus being a donor and the other a recipient. It’s a condition that can be fatal to one or both of the babies.
Luks and Carr are celebrating 20 years of performing a surgery that creates a separate blood supply for each fetus.
In a recent Channel 10 story, reporter Barbara Morse spoke with Drs. Luks and Carr, as well as the parents of babies who have recently undergone the procedure.