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When Sarah Sharkey was pregnant with her first daughter, she discovered that her blood was RH negative. To protect her future babies from developing life-threatening anemia while in utero, she received a RhoGAM shot.
Trouble was, the shot didn’t work. Sarah was pregnant with her second daughter when a nurse practitioner at Southdale Ob/Gyn discovered that Sarah’s blood was creating antibodies that would harm her baby’s red blood cells.
From that day forward, Dr. Sheryl Louie kept a close eye on Sarah and her baby. “She is the most trustworthy healthcare practitioner I’ve ever met,” says Sarah, a nurse herself. “She was unbelievably careful, double- and triple-checking everything, and collaborating with maternal fetal medicine specialists.”
Sarah delivered her daughter at Fairview Riverside Hospital so she could go directly to that hospital’s level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. After 10 days, Ava was healthy enough to go home and meet big sister Ella.
Says Sarah: “I was in such capable hands with Dr. Louie. She knew exactly what to do—the best, safest, evidence-based practice. I was blessed to have all the doctors who helped bring Ava into our world, but especially Dr. Louie.”
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