The Baby Who Was Born Twice

You might be cool but not as cool as this baby who was born twice. Yes, there is a new baby in town who was taken out from the womb and then put in, and then was born again.

Talk about being born twice in this already crazy world.

Margaret Boemer went for an ultrasound during the 16th week of pregnancy and it turned out that things were looking bad for her baby, LynLee.

The doctors saw something on the scan, which turned out to be a sacrococcygeal teratoma.

Margaret Boemer says, “”And it was very shocking and scary, because we didn’t know what that long word meant or what diagnosis that would bring.”

The doctors explained to her that sacrococcygeal teratoma is a tumor that develops before birth and grows from the baby’s tailbone. The tumor occurs in about 1 in 35,000 births so talk about some bad luck.

The tumor sucks blood flow from the baby and the baby wants to grow, so it starts a tug-of-war between them.

But Dr. Darrell Cass, co-director of Texas Children’s Fetal Center was having none of this.

At 23 weeks and 5 days pregnant, Margaret was taken in for a surgery and Dr. Cass and his partner, Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye operated on her for 5 hours. At this time the tumor was nearly larger than LynLee herself.

The surgical team was very careful because the health of the mother and the child held in delicate balance. At one point LynLee’s e heartbeat “basically stopped,” as Cass says. They removed the tumor and placed LynLee inside the womb again and sewed up the mother’s uterus.

The remaining 12 weeks of the pregnancy were rocky and filled with pain but Margaret bore it with all her strength and after the full 36 weeks of pregnancy, Lynlee was born for a second time via C-section.

Lynlee weighed 5 pounds and 5 ounces at birth and was rushed off to the neonatal intensive care unit which was unnecessary; she was healthy and doing well.

Perhaps Lynlee now has two lives. So now maybe she will will be the first person to live for 200 years and see the days of her great grandchildren.

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