Denham Springs: 1-yr-old baby girl makes history with first of its kind in utero surgery in the U.S.

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. — Denver Coleman was given a grim prognosis before she even arrived into the world.

Thirty weeks into their pregnancy, Kenyatta & Derek Coleman learned their baby girl had Vein of Galen Malformation.

“That led us to an ultrasound at 30 weeks and that’s when they discovered that Denver had an enlarged malformation on her brain and her heart was enlarged,” said Kenyatta Coleman.

It’s a very rare blood vessel abnormality and surgery happened with Denver still inside her mother’s womb, making it the first of it’s kind in utero surgery in the United States and only the second of its kind in the entire world. That surgery was at the Boston Children’s Hospital.

The in utero surgery is so new that it is still in clinical trials. It’s somewhat considered experimental at this point, but with the two procedures that have been largely successful, it may start to become more common for these diagnoses.

Denver will now celebrate her first birthday on March 17, 2024 with her siblings and parents by her side in Denham Springs. Below is Denver’s entire in utero surgery story told through her parents.

There will be a “Denver’s Day of Service” commemorating Denver’s 1-year anniversary of making history. It will be on March 15, 2024 all throughout the Baton Rouge area.

“On this day, we will give back to the community by donating essentials to NICU babies and their families along with providing lunch for a local NICU care team,” said Kenyatta Coleman.  

The public can help the couple with their mission by purchasing from the Amazon link below. Monetary donations can also be made to the Vein of Galen Support Network to help children affected by VOGM have access to care, necessities and resources.

Denver’s Day of Service Amazon link

Vein of Galen Support Network link

Denver’s dedicated website: Not in Vein

Denver’s Day of Service Facebook Invite

“We hope to make this an annual tradition that will prayerfully expand to provide essentials to NICU families and a day to recognize healthcare professionals who care for children with a wide range of medical needs,” said Kenyatta Coleman.

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