Wednesday 7 December 2016

Miracle baby who was removed from the womb for life-saving surgery is returned and born again three months later

Published 24/10/2016 | 12:20

Baby Lynlee Boemer with her mum and dad (Photo: Facebook)
Baby Lynlee Boemer with her mum and dad (Photo: Facebook)

A miracle baby who was removed from her mother’s womb to undergo life-saving surgery at 23 weeks has been born for a second time.

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Baby Lynlee Boemer was born 12 weeks after doctors temporarily removed her from her mother’s uterus to operate on a life-threatening tumour, sacrococcygeal teratoma. The tumour, which was the same size as the foetus, was competing for the her mother's blood flow which compromised the child’s growth and chance of survival.

The growth on the foetus’ tailbone was identified during a routine ultrasound, 16 weeks into her mother Margaret’s pregnancy. The tumour was targeted in a five hour surgery in Texas Children’s Foetal Centre, which saw 1lb Lynlee removed from the womb before being returned. Twelve weeks later, the child was delivered via Caesarean section on June 6.

Speaking to CNN, mum Margaret from Plano, Texas said: “Lynlee didn’t have much of a chance. At 23 weeks, the tumour was shutting her heart down and causing her to go into cardiac failure, so it was a choice of allowing the tumour to take over her body or giving her a chance at life.

“It was an easy decision for us: We wanted to give her life,” said Margaret.

Eight days after Lynlee’s arrival, the baby underwent further surgery to remove further fragments of the tumour, which had been missed during the initial surgery, but has since made a full recovery.

“It was her second birth basically," said Margaret.

“It was a relief to finally see her and to see that she had made it through after the open foetal surgery her heart had time to heal while I was still pregnant with her so she has no heart issues now and is just doing amazing.”

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