Thanks to Hadassah physicians’ innovative use of a girdle to support the developing fetus in her compromised stomach, Ziv Mor, who had been critically injured in a car accident, was able to carry a pregnancy to term and deliver a son!

It was May 1999 when Mrs. Mor, then an officer in the Israeli Army, was airlifted to Hadassah Hospital’s Trauma Unit in critical condition. Aside from her severe head and stomach injuries, she had a heart attack in the Trauma Unit and had to undergo open heart surgery. Following multiple additional surgeries and months in the intensive care unit, her surgeons were still unable to close her stomach because of the extent of her injuries. They then performed multiple skin grafts, and used a mesh to “rebuild” her stomach.

Because she lacks a normal stomach wall, Hadassah’s physicians were skeptical as to Mrs. Mor’s ability to become pregnant. But their patient desperately wanted a baby, so the physicians continued to search for a solution. Years of rehabilitation and numerous consultations later, Prof. Neri Laufer, head of Hadassah-Ein Kerem’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, and Prof. Avi Rivkind, head of Hadassah’s Trauma Unit, decided to attach the girdle to her stomach. The result: a healthy baby boy, delivered by Cesarean Section.