From Gittel and Elger

Alexander Kofinas M.D.

Dear Dr. Kofinas,
On April 6th of this year I was examined by ultrasound in the New York University Hospital. My baby was 22 weeks Gestational age. I was told that in spite of the stitch I had had put in, the baby's membranes were bulging into the vagina. I was told that there was absolutely no way to save the baby at this point.

When I heard the terrible diagnosis I was totally devastated. I cried to G-D and pleaded with Him to save our baby. I told Him that just as He created the entire world and everything in it and just as He created us human beings and makes us all function in such wonderous ways-He could surely perform a miracle for us if He only wanted to. I begged Him to help me carry the baby through the pregnancy despite all the odds against us; and to help me give birth to a healthy baby.

We did not know which doctor to turn to. We did not know which doctor would be prepared to try to save the baby at this point- at the risk of perhaps not succeeding- G-D forbid.

Dr. Ari Weinreb recommended you; Dr. Kofinas. From the first moment on, you gave us hope; by telling us the story of the patient you had with the Amniotic sac between her legs! Her baby eventually made it. This gave us tremendous hope!

However you were very honest. You told us about the risks involved. You told us what the chances were for success. We gave all this information to our advisor; our Rabbi in Israel, and asked him whether to go ahead and for his blessing and prayers.

He told us to go ahead with you. He gave us his blessing and prayed for us.

Dr. Kofinas, Thanks so so so so so so so much for agreeing to be G-D's messenger. Thanks so much for doing your best to try to save our baby. Thanks so much for your endless commitment to preserving my pregnancy. Thanks so much for your patient and thorough examinations. Thanks so much for giving up so much time to deal with all those hospital personnel who wanted me out earlier, for giving up so much time on all the numerous paperwork involved in my case.