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Team of Pediatric Specialists at Good Samaritan Save a Newborn’s Life

August 22nd, 2014

Due to high blood pressure Lindenhurst residentJacqueline Stevensonwas experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and was under the care of Dina El Kady, MD, Director of the Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital. A sonogram at 24 weeks gestation revealed that her baby’s stomach was not connected to her intestines, a condition that would require surgery soon after birth. Layah Stevensonwas delivered at 37 weeks by obstetrician Jeffrey Wanerman, MD, with even more serious complications than expected. Layah’s esophagus was not connected to her stomach and part of her stomach was connected to her trachea. This constellation of birth defects is extremely rare.

Within hours of Layah’s birth Good Samaritan Hospital’s Chief of Pediatric Surgery Vinci S. Jones, MD, FACS performed an emergency procedure called tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia to repair the three life threatening birth defects. Following surgery the baby was cared for in Good Samaritan’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)―the only one of its kind in southern Suffolk County.

“Leaving the hospital without my daughter was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I knew she was in capable hands with Good Samaritan’s NICU staff,” said Ms. Stevenson.

Good Samaritan’s NICU provides a broad spectrum of specialized, multidisciplinary intensive care services for infants as young as 23 weeks and as small as one pound. The NICU team includes skilled and professional neonatal nurses, with specialized training in providing round-the-clock care for sick newborns and premature babies. Available to assist the neonatologist are subspecialists in various fields of pediatrics, including surgery, cardiology, neurology, hematology, gastroenterology and pulmonology, as well as infectious disease and development.

“Having a premature or sick newborn baby is a stressful situation for the whole family, and having a skilled team available in one location makes all the difference in having successful outcomes,” said Neonatologist Branda Shrivastava, MD.

After two months in Good Sam’s NICU, Layah went home today with her parents, Leander and Jacqueline. Her prognosis is excellent.

For more information on Good Samaritan’s NICU, call (631) 376-4444 or visit

Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan Hospital’s Chief of Pediatric Surgery Vinci S. Jones, MD, Branda Shrivastava, MD, neonatologist, Jacqueline Stevenson with Layah and Jeffrey Wanerman, MD, OB/GYN.


Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
(631) 376-4483