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Published on March 18, 2011

MaKeise Faison-Ricks & Pregnancy and Childbirth

Makeise Faison-Ricks
Patient: MaKeise Faison-Ricks, Charles County, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

Service: Pregnancy and Childbirth

Doctor: Michelle Spector, MD

MaKeise Faison-Ricks calls her two sons her miracle babies.

“I am a blessed woman,” she says. “Shady Grove Adventist Hospital gave me something I never thought I would have based on my medical history—a family.”

Her youngest, Christopher, was delivered in November after Shady Grove Adventist Hospital became the first in Maryland to use a treatment called Thrombate III to counteract the hereditary condition antithrombin III deficiency.

“It’s a rare blood deficiency, where a patient could be at 75 percent lifetime risk of clotting,” explains Sheri Hamersley, M.D., an obstetrician at Shady Grove Adventist who specializes in maternal fetal medicine. “These risks are increased during pregnancy, delivery or any surgical procedure.”

Obstetrician Michelle Spector, M.D., delivered Christopher and Dr. Hamersley co-managed the high-risk case.

Thrombate III therapy involves providing a specific preparation of intravenous medication to the patient.

“It was exciting, because it was the first time we gave a factor-specific treatment to prevent a blood clot, as opposed to just a blood thinner in general,” Dr. Spector says.

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