In one-in-a-million events where science and Supernatural Powers collate a baby was born twice at the doctors extracted her from her mother’s room prematurely through surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and that would have been fatal.
The surgical procedure was performed by two doctors; Dr.Oluyinka Olutoye and his surgical partner, Dr. Darrell Cass, co-director of Texas Children’s fetal Center. It was reported that the baby’s only chance of survival was so that risky procedure that involves taking the fetus out of the mother’s room removing the tumor 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 60th week of her pregnancy that her baby was suffering from a rare defect known as sacrococcygeal teratoma – a tumor that grows from a baby’s tailbone. They offered her a termination but she was determined to give her baby a chance to live. So they took the decision to operate on the baby before she was even born.
Mrs.Margaret Boemer told CNN:
“LynLee didn’t have much of a chance,” Boemer said. “At 23 weeks, the tumor was shutting her heart down and causing her to go into cardiac failure, so it was a choice of allowing the tumor 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.”
‘Kind of a miracle’
She was 23 weeks and 5 days pregnant, when Cass performed the emergency fetal surgery. By this time, the tumor was nearly larger than the fetus.
Cass and Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye, his partner surgeon, operated for about five hours.
“The part on the fetus we do very, very quickly,” said Cass. “It’s only 20 minutes or so on the actual fetus.” Most of the time is spent opening the uterus, which he described as “a big muscle lined with membranes.”
“We don’t want the mom’s health to be jeopardized,” said Cass, who explained they work carefully, both making the incision and sewing it up in order “to make that uterus be as sealed and as water tight as possible.”
Still, Cass said, the tumor, in this case, was so large a “huge” incision was needed to get to it, so it ended up that the baby was “hanging out in the air… Essentially, the fetus is outside, like completely out, all the amniotic fluid falls out, it’s actually fairly dramatic,” said Cass.
During the surgery, LynLee’s heart slowed down to an incredibly low rate. “It basically stopped,” said Cass. He credits the heart specialist, a key member of the team, for giving the right medication and transfusing the right amount of fluid, allowing the surgeons to continue their work.
The surgical team removed the bulk of the tumor. When they finished their operation, the surgeons placed LynLee back inside the womb and sewed her mother’s uterus shut.
“It’s kind of a miracle you’re able to open the uterus like that and seal it all back and the whole thing works,” said Cass.
‘Worth every pain’
Boemer was on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. Despite her pain, she marshaled her strength and made it another 12 weeks to nearly 36 weeks — full term — when Lynlee Hope was born for the second time via C-section on June 6.
The little fighter, named after both her grandmothers, weighed 5 pounds and 5 ounces.
Immediately, the hospital staff whisked the newborn away to the neonatal intensive care unit for an evaluation, but after this initial checkup, she was deemed healthy and transferred to the nursery.
There’s a risk the fetus could be born immediately after the in utero surgery, or die.
After she was born, LynLee faced one more ordeal: removing the bits of tumor that surgeons could not reach, which had begun to grow again.
“At eight days old, she had more surgery, and they were able to remove the rest of the tumor,” explained Boemer.
LynLee recovered in the NICU and weeks later, arrived in her family home.
“Baby Boemer is still an infant but is doing beautiful,” said Cass, remarking that she is perfectly healthy. His one previous surgery of this kind was also a success. “I think she’s about 7 now, and she sings karaoke to Taylor swift — she’s completely normal,” said Cass.
Thanks to Dr.Oluyinka Olutoye and Dr. Darrell Cass Lynlee and so many other children were given a second chance at life! We commend their hard work. Thank you for showing the world what being a determined doctor looks like!
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