Texas mother Margaret Boemer was informed 16 weeks into her pregnancy that her third child had sacrococcygeal teratoma, a tumor that develops before birth and grows from a baby's tailbone. The mother underwent fetal surgery where the baby was first born at 23 weeks and again at 12 weeks later.
Doctors at Texas Children's Fetal Center said it is the most common tumor they see in newborns, found frequently newborns. Found more often in girls than boys, this tumor occurs in one out of every 35,000 births.
Because the large tumor was stealing the blood supply, Boemer's fetus was becoming worse each day and action had to be taken. Her doctor informed Boemer of another option, fetal surgery, which could worsen the baby's chance of survival.
The tumor was affecting the mother's heart and had caused cardiac failure, at 23 weeks, so fetal surgery was the only option for the mother's chance of survival.
Boemer was almost 24 weeks pregnant when she underwent emergency fetal surgery which took about five hours.
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,
The surgeons were able to remove the bulk of the tumor, place the baby back inside the womb and sew the mother's uterus shut.
During the remainder of her pregnancy, Boemer was on bed rest, but she made it another 12 weeks and her baby Lynlee Hope was born for a second time via C-Section on June 6. The baby is now perfectly healthy.