MSNBC covers the story of Addison Hope Kelly. When Addison was a fetus around 6 months gestation, ultrasound revealed she had a tumor between her heart and lungs, making it unlikely that Addison would survive. Addison’s parents chose fetal surgery, which would give Addison a 50/50 chance of survival. Although the process caused Mary Kelly, Addison’s mother, to go into early labor, ultimately Addison survived. She is now 5 years old and will begin kindergarten this fall.
The article goes on to discuss the increase in fetal surgery over the past years and the improvements researchers are expecting in years to come.
It is amazing to consider what technology is capable of. It’s also interesting to me that in some cases the fetus is so greatly valued that tremendous resources are used to ensure the highest levels of fetal health and safety, while in other cases the fetus is valued so little that steps are taken to ensure fetal death.