Four months into her pregnancy, Martha Williams found out through routine ultrasounds that her baby had amniotic band syndrome (ABS). Although she had done nothing wrong, the membrane that surrounded her baby had ruptured in utero, which caused little bands (strands of amnion) to float around in the amniotic sac and attach to her baby’s body.
Azaria was born with a clubfoot and some bands around her fingers and toes. Martha sought treatment at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis and was referred to the specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis. Martha had seen commercials for the hospital on television and easily made an appointment for Azaria.
At 5 months old, doctors at the St. Louis Shriners Hospital helped remove Azaria’s bands. She went through a series of four castings and then surgery to correct her clubfoot. Despite her condition, Azaria knows no other way of life and is a happy functioning little girl!
Martha has joined an ABS support group on Facebook and she recommends Shriners Hospitals for Children to anyone searching for care. “I love Shriners Hospitals,” Martha said. “I’m so glad I chose to go here, they are the best!”