Meet This Miracle Baby Who Was Born Twice

Posted: Oct 24 2016, 6:30am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Meet This Miracle Baby Who was Born Twice
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  • Believe it or Not: An Infant was Born Two Times
 

Many do not believe it yet it is a fact. An infant was recently born two times.

Margaret Boemer, a mother-to-be who went for an ultrasound found out that the situation was far more complicated than she had bargained for. She was well into the 16th week of her pregnancy and it was her third child which she was looking forward to give birth to.

Something appeared on the scanning screen that prompted the doctors to alert her as to the dangers that existed in the birth. There was something very wrong with the baby.  

The little barely formed infant had a sacrococcygeal teratoma. It came as quite a shock. It was basically a tumor that was growing on the tailbone region of the baby. It is one of the most commonest of tumors seen in newborn infants.

Yet despite it being common, it was still a rare occurrence when compared with the vast number of normal births. Whatever the case, this tumor is found in girls more than boys. One in 35,000 births have this complication. 

The mother-to-be had already lost one of the twins in a previous pregnancy. She didn’t want to lose this child. Her daughter’s tumor made her very sad and depressed.

While many times when the baby is born, the surgeons later on operate on the tumor. Yet in this case it was a case of now or never due to certain complexities of the medical profession.

The complications could multiply if the operation did not take place immediately. If the tumor grew to enormous proportions, the baby would lose its life. Something had to be done and fast.

So the doctors decided to try a risky maneuver known as fetal surgery. The chances of the baby to survive the operation were slim. Yet it was the only option available.   

So the doctors decided to give it a shot. The tumor was already larger than the baby. It was a 20 minute procedure which took place. The baby was literally taken out of the womb while the tumor was excised.

It was a dramatic act of life-saving dimensions. The right medications and proper handling saved both mother and child during the surgery. The baby was put back in the womb and she was literally born a second time later on.

This is the first instance of such an occurrence ever seen in the annals of medicine. Today she is a healthy baby girl and is doing just fine, according to CNN.

As for her mother, she cannot thank the modern-day medical profession enough for the miracle it wrought in the form of the risky operation and its exellent outcome.

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