Amanda Brazeal was pregnant for the second time. She expected an easy delivery. She could not have known that her baby would have hydrops, a life-threatening condition in which an abnormal amount of fluid builds up in the unborn child.

“We weren’t sure what was going to happen. But we opted to have the doctors do what they could,” Amanda said.

But Amanda’s 20-week ultrasound at the Prenatal Diagnostic Center in Stockton revealed a buildup of excess fluid in her developing baby’s chest. Doctors told her it was bilateral pleural effusions. They also diagnosed her fetus with cystic hygroma, a fluid-filled sac created by a blockage in the lymphatic system.

The doctors Amanda relied on were part of the team at the UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center in Sacramento, the region’s first comprehensive, multidisciplinary fetal diagnosis and therapy center.

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