Meet the Patient Family
Watch Victoria's story and hear more about the innovative fetal surgery
What does it mean to keep the mother’s health front and center? For Dr. Yasser El-Sayed, Obstetrician in Chief at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, it’s very important to keep mom’s health a priority when you are dealing with complicated births, such as those requiring fetal surgeries. Dr. El-Sayed leads the maternal and fetal medicine programs at Packard Children's, offering specialized comprehensive care to expectant moms with high risk pregnancies.
In this conversation, Dr. El-Sayed discusses how the maternal fetal medicine programs address complicated births and philanthropy’s role in helping provide top-notch patient care at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. You’ll also hear from Karen and Angel, who spoke about their daughter, Victoria’s, experience with a groundbreaking fetal surgery to treat her spina bifida.
0:01 - Introduction to Karen and Victoria’s story
1:50 - Why Dr. El-Sayed chose to work with mothers and babies
5:40 - Karen and Victoria’s story, continued
7:17 - The fetal program at Stanford Children’s Hospital and types of complications treated
13:02 - How Stanford Children’s Hospital helped a pregnant woman give birth with COVID
15:59 - How a recent gift from David and Lucile Packard Foundation will impact care
22:48 - Developments in research around the placenta
26:40 - Karen and Victoria’s story, continued
27:33 - Philanthropy’s role
31:52 - Midnight Rounds, the hospitals unofficial band
34:37 - How Dr. Yasser El-Sayed relates to nature
Care + Cures: Advancing children's health in Silicon Valley (a Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health podcast) unites families, donors, doctors and more to advance transformative healthcare for children. Echoing the innovative spirit of Lucile “Lu” Packard, the children’s hospital’s visionary founder, Care + Cures delivers stories of patient triumphs and challenges, medicine’s successes and failures, and the power of community support—all coming together to change the world, one child at a time.
Sarah Davis is a podcast producer and learning experience designer with interests in storytelling, healthcare, the science of learning, and design thinking. She splits her time between the East Bay and Des Moines, Iowa, where she enjoys finding new food adventures, biking the trail networks, and admiring sunsets after hikes in the hills. You can reach her at connectedpodcaster.com.
Dr. Yasser El-Sayed: https://profiles.stanford.edu/yasser-el-sayed
Dr. Yasser El-Sayed’s website: https://www.el-sayedliterature.com/
Meet Victoria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peDoyTjnV88
Dr. Yair Blumenfeld: https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/doctor/yair-j-blumenfeld
Fetal Spina Bifida: https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/service/spina-bifida/faq
Stanford Children’s Hospital Case Study on Twin Twin Transfusion Syndrome: Side by Side by Side: Saving the Luevanos Triplets: https://stanmed.stanford.edu/2015spring/side-by-side-by-side.html
Facts about Diaphragmatic Hernia: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/diaphragmatichernia.html
Amniotic Fluid: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amniotic_fluid
Pregnant Mom Survives Life Threatening COVID Infection, Delivers Healthy Baby: https://healthier.stanfordchildrens.org/en/pregnant-mom-survives-life-th...
Dr. Virginia Winn’s work on the placenta: https://med.stanford.edu/winn
Dr. Deirdre Lyell: https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/doctor/deirdre-lyell
Midnight Rounds: https://healthier.stanfordchildrens.org/en/midnight-rounds/