Fetal Surgery Saves Unborn Baby From Tennis Ball-Sized Tumor Growing on Her Mouth
Posted on June 23, 2012 at 7:56pm by Liz Klimas
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Tammy Gonzalez described the news doctors delivered to her after an ultrasound as “the most horrible feeling you could ever imagine.“ Her unborn baby girl had a tumor ”the size of a tennis ball” growing on her mouth.
According to Miami CBS Local, Gonzalez was told her baby had little chance of survival, given the number of surgeries she would need to receive after birth.
In May 2010, Gonzalez turned to University of Miami/Jackson Memorial fetal surgeon Ruben Quintero. Today, according to CBS, Gonzalez has a normal 20-month-old thanks to a surgery that went through her own stomach and operated on baby Lyna while still in utero.
“This was an opportunity to expand the field we have developed, to treat birth defects in utero,” Quinero said to CBS.
Although fetal surgeries in general are not entirely new, they are rare and this surgery tackling the tumor was the first of its kind.
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[JR: You have to marvel at what human beings are capable of to preserve life. So why do we turn around and kill healthy human beings for inconvenience? Dona Nobis Pacem.]
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