Do you believe in second birth? It is hard to have faith in born twice in the same life. This is the story of Lynlee, the baby born twice.
Margaret Boemer went for her ultrasound scan, which needs to take in the 16th week of pregnancy. Since this was not the first time, she did not feel afraid. This Test reveals the gender of the baby in the womb and the health of the baby; she was curious as same as other pregnant ladies. When she saw the test results, she accepts it with full of scaring and the shocking where this third pregnancy was not normal as they expected.
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The test results showed that her baby had a sacrococcygeal teratoma, which is rare among newborn babies. Sacrococcygeal teratoma is a tumor that develops before birth and grows from a baby’s coccyx, the tailbone.
Unfortunately, this was not only the bad news about Boemer’s pregnancy. She lost her one baby who born as twins in earlier times. So this news brought only sad, which reminds her early pains. 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, tried to explain the situation of the baby. Even though the tumor can be removed after birth, It grows with a child who in the womb. Because of this tumor, the baby grows with heart problems while risking her life in danger. At the moment when Boemer and family in hopeless, Dr. Darrell gave light by giving an option to them.
There was no other way to cut off the tumor without taking the baby out, and after the removal, put the baby back where she can give birth to this child as normal. So the mother was informed about the risk they both get with this surgery. But as same as all other mothers, she wanted to see the eyes of her unborn baby with healthy.
‘Kind of a miracle.’
Since she agreed at 23 weeks and five days of pregnancy, doctors performed the surgery. The operation was running throughout 5 hours, where the surgical team able to remove the tumor and reenter to the uterus and continue to grow and thrive until Boemer became full-term.
“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.
‘Worth every pain.’
By claiming the, all pain that bared by Boemer Lynlee Hope born after 12 weeks of first birth weighed 5 pounds and 5 ounces. After her second time birth, she had another one more ordeal: removing the bits of tumor that surgeons could not reach, which had begun to grow again. But she has to face another surgery at the age of eight, that is going to remove the rest of the tumor. Throughout this entire time, the pain which bared by Boemer cannot be explained by using the expressions. But after seeing her beautiful little flower with sister, it is worth to tolerate such kind of pain, and Lynlee reminds how special she is.
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