Meet The Little Girl Who Was Born Twice After Life sᴀᴠɪɴɢ sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ Saw Her Taken Out Of The Womb And Put Back Inside The Second
Doctors found a ᴛᴜᴍᴏᴜʀ on little Lynlee Boemer’s ᴛᴀɪʟʙᴏɴᴇ during a routine ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ just 16 weeks into her mum Margaret’s pregnancy. A BABY girl in Texas was born twice after doctors removed her from her mum’s womb to perform life sᴀᴠɪɴɢ sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ before putting her back inside. Doctors found a ᴛᴜᴍᴏᴜʀ on little Lynlee Boemer’s ᴛᴀɪʟʙᴏɴᴇ during a routine ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ just 16 weeks into her mum Margaret’s pregnancy. Her only hope of sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ was a ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ procedure that involved sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴs taking her out of the womb for 20 minutes when she weighed just 1lb 3oz. She was then put back inside her mum’s ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs where she remained for another 12 weeks – almost making it to full term – before Lynlee once again came into the world.
Mum Margaret had feared the ᴡᴏʀsᴛ when sʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴛʜᴇ sʜᴏᴄᴋ ᴀFᴛᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴛᴇʟʟɪɴɢ CNN at Texas Children’s Hospital: “They saw something on the scan, and the doctor came in and told us that there was something seriously wrong with our baby and that she had a sᴀᴄʀᴏᴄᴏᴄᴄʏɢᴇᴀʟ ᴛᴇʀᴀᴛᴏᴍᴀ.
A sᴀᴄʀᴏᴄᴏᴄᴄʏɢᴇᴀʟ ᴛᴇʀᴀᴛᴏᴍᴀ is a ᴛᴜᴍᴏᴜʀ that develops before birth growing from a foetus’s ᴛᴀɪʟʙᴏɴᴇ. According to Dr. Darrell Cass, the co director of the Texas Children’s Foetal Centre, it is the “most common ᴛᴜᴍᴏᴜʀ we see in a newborn,” but “even though it’s the most common we see, it’s still pretty rare. The ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, which is more common in girls than boys, affects one in 35,000 births.
Cass continued saying: “Some of these ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀs can be very well-tolerated, so the fetus has it and can get born with it and we can take it out after the baby’s born.
“But about half of the time, they cause problems for the fetus and it’s usually causing problems because of a ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ flow problem. And in some instances, the ᴛᴜᴍᴏᴜʀ wins and the heart just can’t keep up and the heart goes into failure and the baby ᴅɪᴇs.”
One option was ᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴀᴛɪɴɢ the pregnancy but Margaret was reluctant having already ʟᴏsᴛ Lynlee’s twin before the second trimester.
Margaret said: “LynLee didn’t have much of a chance. At 23 weeks, the ᴛᴜᴍᴏᴜʀ was shutting her heart down and causing her to go into cardiac failure, so it was a choice of allowing the ᴛᴜᴍᴏᴜʀ to take over her body or giving her a chance at life.”
The sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ in total took five hours but the part on the foetus only lasted 20 minutes.
Cass said: “We don’t want the mom’s health to be ᴊᴇᴏᴘᴀʀᴅɪsᴇᴅ. Essentially, the foetus is outside, like completely out, all the ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ Fʟᴜɪᴅ falls out, it’s actually fairly ᴅʀᴀᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ.”
During the sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ Lynlee’s heart slowed to a virtual stop but she was kept alive by a specialist as docs removed the bulk of the growth. When they had done as much as possible she was put back in the womb. At eight days old she had one more ordeal on the ᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ table when the sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴs went back in to remove small bits of the ᴛᴜᴍᴏᴜʀ they hadn’t been able to reach the first time and where growing again.
Several weeks later, after making a full recovery, Margaret was allowed to take baby LynLee home.
She said: “It was her second birth, basically. I was willing to endure all those ʀɪsᴋs to give her a chance at life.”