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Waupun native Angie Voight and her husband, Charlie, didn’t waste any time starting a family. They had their first son, Henry, just days before their first wedding anniversary.
Angie found out she was pregnant again a day before her 37th birthday. Like her first pregnancy, the first half went smoothly, but a few days after her 20-week ultrasound, Scott Hansfield, MD, Angie’s obstetrician & gynecologist in Waupun, wanted the Voights to meet with Randall Kuhlmann, MD, a perinatologist with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, who serves patients at St. Agnes Hospital.
“The ultrasound indicated that Angie’s baby had a two vessel cord, which is only having one artery in the umbilical cord instead of two,” according to Dr. Kuhlmann. “An umbilical cord should have one vein and two arteries. Also, the ultrasound noted the baby had extra fluid in the abdomen, called ascites.”
Angie and Charlie met with Dr. Kuhlmann in June 2014. “It’s a day I will probably never forget,” Angie recalls. “We went there thinking no big deal, and ended up leaving stunned and in tears.”
But Dr. Kuhlmann was there every step of the way for the remainder of the pregnancy. Angie saw him 18 times and had more than 20 ultrasounds to monitor her baby’s progress.
“I really felt that Dr. Kuhlmann cared and was in the trenches with us,” she says. “We always felt that he was doing everything within his power to get us answers. Every week, my husband and I went in holding our breath; but as the weeks passed, we knew we had a little fighter in there.”
At 35 weeks, Dr. Kuhlmann thought the amount of fluid in the baby’s abdomen measured a bit smaller, and at 37 weeks everyone could actually see that the fluid was less. At their last appointment there was only a trace of fluid left.
Jack Charles was born at 8:41 p.m. on October 7, 2014 at Froedtert in Milwaukee. Today, Jack is healthy and thriving. “He’s spunky and is very vocal when he wants something. I think that’s part of his fighter spirit!”
“Overall the experience we had working with Agnesian HealthCare was great, and I would recommend both physicians in a heartbeat. It’s a great thing that we had such superior care this close to home!”
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