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Friday, July 18, 2008

Miracle Birth

Our anesthesiologist told us when we were still talking about things before we had the baby about a child who recently was born who had had the same tumor that Elijah had and had it removed in utero. This is something we had asked Dr. Maslow if we could do when we found out about his tumor, but at the time it wasn't possible.

This is the first surgery on a sacrococcygeal teratoma done in utero as far as our doctors knew and it was truly amazing. It sounds like her tumor was larger than Elijah's, and his ended up being the size of his torso at birth, and they were able to take care of it before she was born. She was born about 15 seven weeks early, but after two weeks in the NICU was able to go home. The doctors delivered her rear first about half way through the pregnancy, removed the tumor, and sewed her mother back up. 10 weeks later, she was delivered.

So, anyway, I finally did the search on it to find the articles and found this among the other stories that were out there. I'm so glad they were able to do this, and that this surgery might become more available to people looking to help their children.

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