Medical Monday: In utero blood transfusion performed in Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Anemia in unborn babies is a dangerous condition that's treated by a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist. If left untreated, the condition can be fatal.

"Essentially, they go into heart failure, and it's a high risk of babies dying once they go into heart failure, so it's a serious condition," explained Dr. Jeff Livingston.

Livingston performed a procedure known as Periumbilical Blood Sampling, or PUBS, in the Panama City area for Michelle Morris and baby Greyson.

"A needle is put into the umbilical cord to see what the baby's blood count is, and if it's appropriate, then transfuse the baby," said Livingston.

Baby Greyson received two blood transfusions while Michelle was pregnant with him.

"Dr. Livingston is phenomenal. If he wasn't here, I would have to go to Pensacola," said Morris.

Greyson is now a healthy newborn. Both mom and baby are thankful for the specialized procedure now available in the Panama City area.