The Church is at the forefront of the fight for the life of the unborn child, especially in the medical field: a few weeks ago, a surgical feat was accomplished by several hospitals linked to the Holy See, although little reported by the media.
When the diagnosis falls, the mother weeps: the child she is carrying has a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. This rare pathology consists of more or less extensive weakening of the diaphragm. As a result, the abdominal organs can put pressure on the child’s lungs, preventing their normal development. The prognosis is related to the importance of the hernia. In severe cases, the risk of mortality is significant.
Faced with the alarming situation presented by the child in question, specialists from two prestigious Roman establishments linked to the Holy See, the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital and the San Pietro-Fatebenefratelli Hospital, in collaboration with the polyclinic of Mina, developed a innovative treatment.
The surgical intervention took place on April 17, 2020 in an operating theater of the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital. A small balloon was placed in the trachea of the fetus to provide a counter pressure to allow the lungs to develop. Ten days after the operation, the Bambino Gesu commented on the operation. The result is very good, since ultrasounds have revealed a significant increase in the volume of the lungs of the fetus that was thought to be lost.
Commenting on LifeSiteNews, on June 17, the technical feat achieved by Catholic institutions on the peninsula, Professor Lester A. Ruppersberger, former president of the Catholic Medical Association, said that the “significance of the ability to perform life-saving, life-enhancing in-utero fetal/maternal surgeries is as important as life itself,” and is “a stark reminder that life is meaningful and precious, from the moment it begins in the womb.”
The American specialist hopes that this news “will help change minds and hearts” of the supporters of abortion. For the time being, promoters of the culture of death remain enraged in their ideological struggle.