Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 18 - Dr. Ryan Loftin, Driscoll Children's Hospital

Ryan Loftin
Dr. Ryan Loftin
Dr. Ryan Loftin joined us for our August 18th meeting.  He gave a great presentation on Driscoll Children's Hospital in general and the successful effort to separate 10-month-old conjoined twins earlier this year.  Dr. Loftin, a specialist in high-risk pregnancies, was instrumental in the prenatal care of the mother and assembling the large team of doctors needed for the delivery of the triplets and later separation of the conjoined twins.

Below are some of the articles about some of the other challenges Dr. Loftin has been involved in:
CC Doctor works to save unborn baby in rare pregnancy complication - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Edinburg parents welcome triplets - KGBT-TV
Texas Couple Welcomes Quintuplets - Growing Your Baby

Stories on the conjoined twins:
Meet the Driscoll doctors who successfully separated twins - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Conjoined sisters undergo rare separation surgery in Texas - CNN
Driscoll Children's Hopital separates infant conjoined girls in Texas - US News and World Report
Conjoined twins’ separation surgery a success - DCH
Conjoined twins separated in marathon operation - DCH
Formerly conjoined sisters doing great - KRIS TV (video)

Forty-five medical professionals took part in the history-making surgery at Driscoll in April 2016.  Yet, so many others in the Driscoll family have been doing their part in caring for the twins since their arrival at Driscoll shortly after their birth May 16, 2015. Doctors were quick to realize the accomplishments of all.

“The teamwork has been phenomenal,” said Haroon Patel, MD, Pediatric Surgeon and Medical Team Leader.  “We could not do something like this without countless others.”

Steve Woerner, President and CEO of Driscoll Children’s Hospital, described the separation surgery as a “man on the moon event” for the hospital.

Such a historic moment doesn’t just happen though.  The team went through countless hours of preparation which included dress rehearsals.  Such preparedness was music to the ears of the surgery’s team leader.  “It was almost like an orchestra.  Everything came together perfectly,” said Dr. Patel.
Just one month after the separation surgery, all three sisters, Scarlett, Ximena and Catalina, were celebrating their first birthday.  A party was held at Driscoll in the theme of “Frozen,” the girls’ favorite movie.  The joyous occasion was complete with balloons, streamers and a huge birthday cake.  
Just two days after their birthday celebration and five weeks after their surgery, Scarlett and Ximena were released from the hospital.  Because of their incredible progress, the girls were released months ahead of schedule.
Team of Driscoll physicians and staff who cared for and supported conjoined twins Scarlett and Ximena Hernandez-Torres.


(From left) Miguel DeLeon, MD, holds Ximena and Karl Mahar, MD, holds Scarlett at the Hernandez-Torres triplets’ birthday celebration.
Post Surgery Press Conference