In honor of UNC's research week, we're revisiting some of our favorite stories. Every week is research week here at NC TraCS!
With support from the NC TraCS Institute, a UNC surgeon has created a research program to address the most common birth defect.
During both of her pregnancies, Jennifer Solms Nelson studied the results of her ultrasound a bit more intensely than other expectant mothers. Whereas most might scan the grainy black-and-white images for ten fingers and ten toes, or the presence (or absence) of certain gender-identifying parts, Nelson focused on the heart of her unborn child. She checked that the heart was beating, and at the proper rate; that it was positioned on the left side; that it had four chambers; that the arteries and veins were all in the right place.