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Friday, 21 October 2016

Nigerian surgeon removes baby from mother's womb, operates on her tumor & returns her back

LynLee Hope who suffered from a tumor know a 'sacrococcygeal teratoma'  underwent a crucial operation at 23 weeks and then returned to her mother's womb. She healed and continued to grow until she was born again at 36 weeks. This amazing feat was performed by a surgeon who is  nigerian but  based in the U.S , Dr Oluyinka Olutoye, and his surgeon partner , Dr. Darrell Cass of Texas Children's Hospital

When Margaret Boemer went for a routine ultrasound 16 weeks into her pregnancy with her third child, she found out that things were far from routine.

"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 sacrococcygeal teratoma," the Plano, Texas, mom said in an interview shared by Texas Children's Hospital. "And it was very shocking and scary, because we didn't know what that long word meant or what diagnosis that would bring,"

Sacrococcygeal teratoma is a tumor that develops before birth and grows from a baby's coccyx, the tailbone.  Found more often in girls than boys, this tumor occurs in one out of every 35,000 births.
"This is the most common tumor we see in a newborn," said Dr. Darrell Cass, co-director of Texas Children's Fetal Center and associate professor of surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College Medicine. "Even though it's the most common we see, it's still pretty rare."
Booemer had been pregnant with twins, but lost one of the babies before her second trimester so it was a shock at 16 weeks to learn of her daughter's rare birth defect.
"Some of these tumors 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," said Cass. "But about half of the time, they cause problems for the fetus and it's usually causing problems because of a blood flow problem." 
Cass explained that the tumor is trying to grow by sucking blood flow from the baby, yet the baby is also trying to grow, too "so it becomes a competition. And in some instances, the tumor wins and the heart just can't keep up and the heart goes into failure and the baby dies," he said.

With a large tumor stealing the blood supply, Boemer's fetus was becoming more ill each day, doctors explained to the expectant mother. Something had to be done.
Although other doctors had advised her to terminate the pregnancy, Cass and his team told her about another possibility: fetal surgery. This option, though, would not be an easy road. Even worse, her baby's chances of survival would be grim.
"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.
She was 23 weeks and 5 days pregnant, when Cass and his partner surgeon, Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye, performed the emergency fetal surgery. By this time, the tumor was nearly larger than the fetus. They 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.
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. She weighed 5 pounds and 5 ounces.

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. 
Source: CNN

45 comments:

Unknown said...

Very great

Anonymous said...

Men, the wonder of science. More here

Unknown said...

Oh Wow...! #Awesome

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Hmmmmm


...merited happiness

Unknown said...

Jesus is always Lord

VEEKEE FRESH said...

thats kool.... naija we r going places

OSINANL said...

WONDERFUL

Unknown said...

Epic

Unknown said...

So Something Really Big Like This Happens In Nigeria.

We ThankGod For Our Doctors.


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Bonita Bislam said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!
This is an impressive feat

Genny's Blog said...

Hmmmmmm!




says, Genevieve.

Unknown said...

Wow...doctors are next to God
Signed
LibBadBoy

Unknown said...

Am jst speechless n amazed.

Unknown said...

Hmmmm,God help ur child.

Unknown said...

Who said a good doctor can't come out of Nigeria.

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Unknown said...

Woooooooooow! God is Great. Linda take note!

Anonymous said...

Oluwa by Eze!

Unknown said...

Wow... God's Grace at work through our very own.
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JEMBETE(KEY-POINT) said...

WHERE THE PICTURES EVIDENCE????????

Unknown said...

Wow this is incredible! A Nigerian Doctor at that. Thats why I rely on our very best Nigerian sites like CheckHealth and Linda Ikeji's Blog for daily update on health tips!

Unknown said...

Wow. Nigerians doing exploit abroad.




#Somebody must to love me tonyt!!

Anonymous said...

See brains that are supposed to be in Nigeria,the Govt has cheated us in Naija o.

Anonymous said...

That is Jehovah"s wisdom at work.

Unknown said...

Great!

Anonymous said...

Nigerian doctor? Una no shout Yoruba Demon now o,

ifeoma's verdict said...

Unbelievable!

Hessaawards2019.com said...

WoW! This is the kind of stories i enjoy reading about Nigerians in diaspora.. Kudos to the surgeon

Na me talk am!

Long Live Lib!!!

Stephanie said...

God is great #Abkeeys#

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

WOW!

Unknown said...

Unbelievable I must confess

Prince lexton said...

Great

Unknown said...

Wow that great






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Anonymous said...

Did you read it. Nigerian doctor based in US. Surgery was done in Texas. We have not reached this stage yet. Infact only few hospital in America perform this type of surgery

Anonymous said...

You must be living in the Bush. They have been preforming this type of surgery in America for a long time. I have physically seen this performed twice in Pennsylvania and my co worker's wife did the same surgery in Pennsylvania. His son is 2 years now and doing great

Unknown said...

Thank you cos of all the comments you nailed it best. Our country is losing a lot of its talent because of corruption and it sucks. I bet if that doctor was still in Nigeria, he wouldn't this talented.

Anonymous said...

God makes himself known and felt through His instruments.

Anonymous said...

If so many thieves did not scalp the Nigerian economy decades in and out this is the level of healthcare Nigerians would be used to. It's not intelligence and innovation stopping Nigeria, it's the thieving characters that plague so many in power that stop the country from reaching its apex. Yet, Nigerians are stuck sending their sick to India to be used as experiments.. mtschwww

Unknown said...

Isn't this just a miracle! So appalling! Kudos to doctor's talent!

Unknown said...

Great one


OKORO UPGRADED

Rosybrown said...

May God be praised

Adeolu said...

Thinking about this achievement, we are confronted by the salient question about the human body: Did it come by chance or by design? A new world of Jehovah's making will bring permanent relief for the sick mankind.

Unknown said...

WOW!!!

Unknown said...

Awesome God how great you are.... God bless the medical team and we are proud of you Dr Oluyinka

Unknown said...

Well-done to a Proudly Nigerian...

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