Doctors create special shield to protect baby in utero as pregnant mom undergoes radiation for an aggressive brain tumor at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Timmy Sternberg’s first birthday party in June was a low-key celebration — just his parents, his three big brothers, and a homemade cake in the family’s Washington Heights apartment.
But the milestone was a particularly joyous moment for the Sternberg family and especially mom Pamela, who was 22 weeks pregnant with Timmy when she was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor called Glioblastoma multiforme.
After an innovative team at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center came up with a special care plan — creating a shielding device for her womb — Sternberg was able to get radiation during her pregnancy and is now continuing treatment without any tumor regrowth.
“There is hope in seemingly hopeless situations,” said Sternberg, 38. “Not that I haven’t had my moments, but I do feel hopeful.”