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A beautiful little girl from Lewisville, Texas, has a fascinating story to tell. She’s a medical miracle for literally being born twice. Now at 1 year old, she’s healthy, and doing really well.
In 2016, Texas mother Margaret Boemer was pregnant with her third child, Lynlee. Initially, she had been carrying twins, but unfortunately, she miscarried one of the babies before her second trimester.
When Boemer went for a routine ultrasound 16 weeks into her pregnancy, doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital dropped yet another bombshell.
Doctors told her the unborn baby had sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT)—a large tumor growing at the base of Lynlee’s tailbone—depriving her of blood, hence heightening the risk of heart failure, even before her birth.
“It was a complete shock to us,” said Boemer, according to PEOPLE. The specialist “had never seen one so huge.”
Boemer was monitored once every fortnight till 23 weeks into her pregnancy, when doctors saw that the baby’s tumor had grown so big that “it seemed to be putting a lot of strain on Lynlee’s heart,” Boemer told FoxNews.com.
The mother was advised to abort the baby, which she refused. Thus, doctors left her with one choice—to opt for a risky open-fetal surgery.
But even if she opted for the surgery, the baby had only a 50 percent chance of survival.
“The surgery is extremely difficult,” said pediatric surgeon Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye.
Despite the warning, Boemer decided to go ahead with the surgery to save Lynlee’s life.
“It was an easy decision for us: We wanted to give her life,” Boemer told WGN9.
As predicted, it was a dangerous surgery. Pediatric surgeon Dr. Darrell Cass said they had to make a “huge” incision in order to reach the tumor, which was almost larger than the fetus, resulting in Lynlee “hanging out in the air,” BBC reported.
And during the five-hour procedure, Lynlee’s heart stopped. Luckily, she was kept alive by a heart specialist.
The surgical team removed a large part of the tumor after exposing the only 1 pound 3 ounce (approx. 0.53 kg) Lynlee for 20 minutes outside the womb. They then quickly tucked her back inside and sewed Boemer’s uterus closed.
Following the life-saving surgery, Boemer carried the baby for another three months in her womb, before Lynlee was born again via C-section at 36 weeks gestation on June 6, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces (approx. 2.4 kg).
“It was her second birth, basically,” Boemer told KPRC2.
When Lynlee was eight days old, she had another surgery to remove the rest of the tumor. She recovered in the NICU for the next 24 days before going back home.
A year later, Lynlee is healthy and is reaching all of her developmental milestones.
Watching Lynlee’s smiles, the grateful mother said, “It was worth every pain.”
Boemer shared her journey in the hope of telling other moms facing similar situations to not to lose hope. “There are medical advancements out there than [sic] can help in certain situations,” she said.
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