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|Leanne and Jaya Maharaj
Leanne and Kamneel Maharaj's baby was diagnosed before birth with a severe heart defect. Leanne's pregnancy was carefully monitored and her delivery was closely coordinated. When baby Jaya was just 15 minutes old, she was given a pacemaker that saved her life. The tiny girl – born nine weeks early, weighing 3.5 pounds, with a heart slightly bigger than a walnut – is smaller than any pacemaker recipient ever reported in the medical literature.
Minnie was diagnosed with cancer when she was six months pregnant. The high-risk obstetrics team and oncologists at Stanford Hospital & Clinics gave Minnie chemotherapy during her pregnancy and she and her husband welcomed a son, Kieron.
Prior to getting pregnant, Tara had Type 1 diabetes and underwent a kidney and pancreas transplant. Her high-risk pregnancy was further complicated by a weak cervix that required seven weeks of bedrest. Today, her "miracle baby," Karly, is an active 7-year-old who enjoys tennis, ice skating, piano lessons and swimming.
A strong collaborative relationship between a Packard Children's Hospital maternal-fetal medicine specialist and a community obstetrician helped a high-risk patient welcome a healthy baby girl.