In a one in a million events where science and supernatural powers collate a baby was born twice after doctors extracted her from mother’s womb prematurely through surgery to remove a cancerous tumour that would have been fatal.
The surgical procedure was performed by two doctors; Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye and his surgical partner, Dr. Darrell Cass, a co-director of Texas Children’s Fetal Centre.
It was reported that the baby, Lynlee Boemer’s (as her name goes) only chance of surviving was through that risky procedure which involves taking the fetus out of the mother’s womb, removed the tumour and then put her back in so that she could be carried full term.
Doctors had told the baby’s mother, Mrs Margaret Boemer, at the 16th week of her pregnancy that the baby was suffering from a rare birth defect known as sacrococcygeal teratoma – a tumour that grows from a baby’s tailbone. They offered Mrs. Boemer a termination but she wanted to give Lynlee a chance at life so they took the decision to operate on the baby before it was born.
The baby’s mother, Mrs. Boemer told CNN:
“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.”
Speaking about the delicate five-hour surgery on the 1lb 3oz foetus, Dr. Cass said the tumour was so large that a huge cut was needed to get the baby out of the uterus.
“So it ended up that the baby was hanging out in the air… Essentially, the foetus is outside, all the amniotic fluid falls out, it’s actually fairly dramatic.
“It’s just shear miracle we were able to open the uterus like that and seal it all back and the whole thing works.”
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Mrs. Boemer remained on bed rest to carry Lynlee till 9 months before she was born again by C-section in June. Another operation was conducted again on the baby to remove remnants of the tumour that could not initially be reached and after several weeks later baby Lynlee is now a happy and healthy child.
What a blessed child. This is certainly a story of the power a mother’s.