Mark Addleman

10 August 2023

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Hadassah doctors save miracle baby’s ovaries in ‘extremely rare’ procedure.


Tamar Levi was 35 weeks pregnant at her ultrasound appointment. However, a routine test turned into an emergency caesarean section with immediate surgery on the newborn baby girl. The ultrasound showed an abnormality in the abdominal cavity. After consulting with her gynaecologist Dr Marc Zerah, Levi was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem in Jerusalem.


Further examination showed that the baby had cysts in both ovaries, possibly due to double Ovarian Torsion – when the ovaries twist on the tissues that support them. The baby was in danger of developing problems with fertility or losing her ovaries. Unless treated, a loss of ovaries would lead to the baby not being able to conceive in future from her own eggs, requiring either an egg donation or hormone replacement therapy.


Ovarian torsion occurs in approximately 6 per 100,000 women and is more common among females of childbearing age. However, prepubescent girls and post-menopausal women can also experience the painful condition. It is often (but not solely) caused by one or more cysts on the ovary, whose weight causes the ovary to twist on its longitudinal axis. This cuts off the blood vessels that nourish the organ, thus depriving it of oxygen. When this happens, the ovary dies, damaging fertility and the hormonal production needed for female health.


Dr Shay Porat, maternal and foetal specialist at Hadassah, said:


“A double Ovarian Torsion is extremely rare and has only been seen in medical literature several times, never in foetuses. In the examination, we could see that there was blood flow to the baby’s ovaries, but it was slow. We had to act quickly to avoid losing the ovaries. After consultation, we decided to induce birth for Tamar and perform emergency surgery on the baby.”


Says Levi: “Everyone acted quickly to save my daughter’s ovaries. Within minutes of the diagnosis, I entered for an emergency c-section, and immediately after the baby was taken into surgery – thank G-d everything went smoothly. I am so grateful to everyone who took such good care of me and my baby.”


Editor’s Notes:


An excerpt from an article published in the JC. Read the full story here.


This story was also published in the Times of Israel

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