Then La’Trece got a text from her supervisor at work. She gave La’Trece the name of a physician who might have been able to help. La’Trece got chills. The names matched. She agreed to meet with Burnett.
The nurse friend contacted Burnett about arranging a meeting. She was on vacation but came right in to meet with La’Trece and Javier, understanding how critical timing was for this condition.
“The fact that Dr. Burnett would see me on such short notice and while she was on vacation told me who she was as a person,” La’Trece said.
La’Trece describes Burnett as caring, honest and gentle, but with a strength and knowledge that immediately brought the couple peace.
“She has a big heart and listened to my whole story,” La’Trece said. “She spoke with my initial OB-GYN to get all the history and receive my medical records.”
Burnett made it very clear that she could make no promises, but that she would give it her all by forming a team of specialists necessary to give La’Trece and the baby the best chance at survival. The couple knew the situation was very serious, but for the first time in five months, they felt hope.
Timing was the deciding factor. La’Trece would deliver at 34 weeks’ gestation. Burnett assembled the team and gave La’Trece the day and time to arrive at the hospital. It was a packed house in the operating room, with participating providers and also medical students there to observe and learn during the six hours it took to finish all the procedures. The group prayed together before the surgery began, calming La’Trece and Javier and taking a mindfulness moment to recognize how unified they all needed to be to best serve mother and baby.
“This was such an exciting yet scary day for the family, but one they had been hoping and praying would come,” Burnett said.
First up was Anjum Anwar, MD, an obstetric anesthesia fellow. She explained her role to La’Trece and told her she would stay with her the whole time to keep her dosing level accurate to sustain many hours of surgery.