In the first operation of its kind, surgeons in America have performed a tumour operation in the mother’s womb to remove a tumour from the baby’s mouth.
Following a routine scan at 17 weeks, it was discovered that there was a rapidly growing tumour at the baby’s mouth, shown as a giant bubble on the ultrasound.
At just 21 weeks gestation the foetus, which is now a 20 month old healthy girl, underwent pioneering surgery when a needle was inserted through the mother’s uterus and into the amniotic sac. Through this the surgeons used narrow tools in an hour long operation to cut away the tumour.
The tumour is rare, but it threatened the life of the child and the mother was told to consider terminating the pregnancy as an option.
Luckily, surgeons at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida decided to carry out this first ever operation and the result is a healthy baby girl being born five months after the operation.
Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors are pleased to see surgeons in America not resting on the option to abort the child and using pioneering operations to save the life of a child. We hope that this operations, although this condition is rare, will give hope to other mothers that might find themselves face with this problem.
Medical advancements are happening on a continuing basis and it is hoped that this surgery will also pave the way for other life threatening conditions to be treated in the womb.
The vocation of a doctor is to preserve human life, and this story epitomises just that.
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