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MS Television & Media Management Alum Rebecca Elias Abboud Receives NATAS Award for ‘Miracle Baby’

September 27, 2021

Rebecca Elias Abboud, 2011 graduate of the Drexel Westphal’s MS in Television & Media Management, received a 2021 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for her work on Miracle Baby: A Uterus Transplant Story. The 30-minute documentary, produced for Penn Medicine, won in the Long Form Content/Single Story or Program category at the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Rebecca worked on Miracle Baby as co-director, and shares the award with Director Matt Curran, Producer/Editor Don Mitchell, Producer Scott Whitham, Editor Jon Cheifet, Production Coordinator Carmella Giaccio-Salas, and Production Assistant Alex Preto. Congratulations to Rebecca, the team at Penn Medicine, and the Television & Media Management program!

Miracle Baby is the story of Jen Gobrecht, who, after learning she’d been born without a fully-formed uterus (a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, or MRKH), undergoes a uterus transplant in the hopes of carrying a pregnancy. The documentary follows Jen and her husband Drew through the entire journey—from preparing for the transplant procedure to pregnancy and ultimately delivering a healthy baby. Miracle Baby is available in full on Penn Medicine’s YouTube channel.

Rebecca is the Manager of Video Production at Penn Medicine. Rebecca previously received Telly Awards for 2020 at Penn Medicine: A year in review, Runway to Recovery, and Brandie’s Story. You can see more of Rebecca’s work at