Medical Monday: Pediatric surgery saves baby's life

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - When babies are born prematurely, they require special care and sometimes they need surgery. That was the case for Freonshay Crenshaw and her daughter, who was born at 34 weeks. A pregnancy is considered full-term at 39 to 40 weeks.

Crenshaw's daughter was born with a condition called intestinal atresia.

Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Beth Walford describes intestinal atresia as a condition "where the intestine has blockages along the way. Basically, the piping doesn't connect. She had 5 or 6 different areas where her intestine was disconnected, and we had to connect it together."

Dr. Walford performed the lifesaving surgery just days after the little girl's birth.

"She stayed in the Neonatal ICU for about a month afterwards and then went home, and now she has no surgical problems anymore. She's all fixed," explained Dr. Walford.

"Thank God for Dr. Walford. She knew what she was doing, and she saved our baby girl," said Crenshaw.

Babies born with intestinal atresia are not able to eat, so the surgery is crucial to survival.