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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

In utero surgery saves 20-week unborn baby

by Peter Baklinski

    Wed Mar 06, 2013 14:17 EST

Mother April with baby Elijah

MEQUON, Wisconsin, 6 March, 2013 ( – Most unborn babies who experience a surgeon’s tools at 20 weeks gestation in their mothers' wombs are sadly moments away from termination. But not so for Elijah Leffingwell.

The baby’s first ultrasound revealed a macro-cyst the size of an orange in the unborn baby’s chest, right next to his tiny heart. Doctors gave the little guy a 50 percent chance of survival, reported Fox6Now.

“The mass in the chest is huge and it’s just totally crushing the heart and putting the baby into heart failure,” recounted fetal surgeon Dr. Scott Adzick, who would lead the team that performed the complex surgery on Elijah.

The high-risk operation involved partly taking the unborn baby out of his mother’s womb, opening the baby’s chest, removing the cyst, then replacing the baby.

The procedure, which took place at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was going well when the baby’s heart, then the size of a dime, suddenly stopped beating. (...)

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  1. Wow. This restores some hope for humanity. :D I love stories like that. :D


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