Within the next week we are expecting our sixth grandchild to arrive! They are all special, but this one is especially a gift from God. About half the way through my daughter-in-law’s pregnancy, they found out that there is a genetic issue, called the KEL gene, which put the pregnancy into the high risk category. Before this all happened, I’d never even heard of it!
The doctors caught the issue during a routine blood check. The Kell antibodies that the mother’s body creates actually attack the baby’s blood and, because the baby can become anemic, the pregnancy can end in a miscarriage. The doctors monitor the baby in utero and give blood transfusions to the baby through the umbilical cord. Wow! This is the treatment that my grandbaby has been undergoing every 2-3 weeks much of the last half of the pregnancy.Continue Reading