Collaborating to save lives

A woman holding a newborn baby with a man and two women standing beside her
From left: FSH Midwifery Manager Diana Player, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Dr Gargeswari Sunanda, Damian and Michelle Day and baby Reece.
September 21, 2016

Collaborative teamwork between multidisciplinary teams at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) have enabled a Darwin mother with a potentially life threatening pregnancy complication to safely deliver her baby.

Michelle Day, diagnosed with placenta percreta which is a rare condition where the placenta grows out of the uterus wall and attaches to other organs, was transferred from Royal Darwin Hospital to FSH due to the availability of interventional radiology.

“I was absolutely terrified when I arrived not knowing what was to come but the staff here were so calm and reassuring,” Mrs Day said.

“Everything was in place for my surgery and the care here was second to none.”

FSH maternity services and doctors successfully and safely delivered Mrs Day’s baby Reece at 37 weeks.

FSH Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Dr Gargeswari Sunanda credits the successful surgery to how various teams including obstetricians, anaesthetists, urology, interventional radiology, theatres, neonatologists and midwifery teams were able to plan and deliver care on short notice.  

“The collaboration and communication between teams from start to finish was exceptional,” Dr Sunanda said.

“We were delighted with the positive outcome, which is a testament to the high quality service at FSH.”

Mrs Day’s case was the fifth such procedure at FSH since the hospital was fully commissioned.