Dr. Jayanthi, Chief of Urology at Dayton Children’s, began caring for Gemma before she was even born. When Gemma’s mom, Lydia, was six months pregnant an ultrasound and MRI performed at Dayton Children’s confirmed that Gemma had bladder exstrophy, a rare and complex condition where the bladder forms outside of a baby’s body. On average, this condition occurs in about 1 out of every 50,000 live births.
Because of prenatal counseling from the urology team, Gemma was discharged home directly from the newborn nursery, needing no time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Jayanthi began caring for Gemma and performed surgery at 10 weeks old to repair and close her bladder, requiring only five days in the hospital. Gemma is now 15 months and doing well! Dr. Jayanthi continues to see her every six months to ensure her bladder continues to develop in a safe and healthy way.