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Sarah Coe was looking forward to an ultrasound to show her the fingers and toes, the upturned nose and the real promise of her unborn child.
Instead, she learned her fetus had hydrocephalus — a sometimes uncontrollable swelling of the head which was progressing so fast that the baby’s head could burst inside her womb.
“We had a baby that might not make it to birth, and if he did, he would pretty much be a vegetable,”
Dr. Pratima Gupta agrees that hydrocephalus can be deadly. “They don’t have any normal brain tissue,” she said.
The severity might not immediately be apparent until late in the pregnancy
“The best-case scenario is that he would have been a vegetable.” If the head had ruptured in utero, Coe could have died or suffered a serious infection.
“It would have at least affected my ability to have another baby