San Antonio Hospitals Perform Medical Miracle to Save Lives of Young Mother and 26-Week Old Unborn Baby


Frances Ramos and her son, Max Joseph Ramos "Miracle Max," celebrate the rare procedure that saved Ramos' life and the life of her unborn baby with medical team members (from left) Alexander Kenton, M.D., LeMar Albritton, M.D., both with Methodist Children's Hospital in San Antonio, and Preston Foster, M.D., liver transplant surgeon at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, also in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 75 health care professionals from two San Antonio hospitals were re-united with a young mother and her baby recently to celebrate the baby's six-month birthday and the success of the rare high-risk liver transplant and C-section that saved both their lives. Doctors at the hospital said that only eight similar cases have been published worldwide, and that having all the right conditions come together—from finding a donor liver to keeping the baby alive—were truly miraculous.

Frances Ramos, 21 of Harlingen, Texas, was expecting her first child when suddenly her liver began to fail. She was transported to San Antonio for care. The eight-hour procedure and overall hospital care involved extensive coordination between staffs from Methodist Hospital and Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital.

"In my 30 years of liver transplantation, this was the first such case for me, " said Preston Foster, M.D., surgical director of the liver disease and transplant program at Texas Transplant Institute at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital. Continue reading