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Every year the Fetal Medicine Unit at St Michael’s Hospital performs over 3,500 ultrasound scans on mums-to-be with complicated pregnancies.

As a specialist unit covering the South West and South Wales, the dedicated team of doctors and specialist midwives work with families to detect conditions and abnormalities such as rhesus disease and twin to twin transfusion syndrome. Unless diagnosed and treated with the aid of sophisticated ultrasound technology, babies with these conditions are at high risk of dying inside the womb.

As a specialist unit covering the South West and South Wales, the dedicated team of doctors and specialist midwives work with families to detect conditions and abnormalities such as rhesus disease and twin to twin transfusion syndrome. Unless diagnosed and treated with the aid of sophisticated ultrasound technology, babies with these conditions are at high risk of dying inside the womb.

The Fetal Medicine Unit needs your help to raise £150,000 for a new 3D ultrasound scanner.

This state of the art piece of equipment will provide greater diagnostic accuracy for fetal imaging, vital for conducting life-saving in-utero procedures and facilitating essential prenatal bonding.

Your support through the Bristol to Paris 2018 Cycle Challenge will help ensure more children like Amy, Eve, Eric and Fleur go on to lead fulfilling lives.

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“At the 12 week scan we found out we were having identical twins which is a high riskpregnancy. We were monitored very closely and had regular ultrasound scans. Thanks to these scans at 22 weeks, they picked up that I had developed twin to twin transfusion syndrome - a serious and potentially fatal condition. We were given the odds that the girls only had a 40% chance of surviving.

“The team operated on the foetuses inside the womb and three and a half years later, we have our cheeky twins who love riding their bikes, playing with trains and swimming.”

Jo O’Halloran, mum to Amy and Eve

   

“This technology is saving a child’s life before they’re even born, as well as saving a couple from the devastating possibility of losing their baby. Thanks to the team at St Michael’s Fetal Medicine Unit, we have two children who otherwise wouldn’t be here full stop.”

Laura Bernice, mum to Fleur and Eric

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